Wednesday, October 15, 2008JOHNSON CITY – The “Big Fall Show,” an entertainment variety showcase featuring the East Tennessee State University Jazz Singers, will be presented at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 7-8, and Sunday, Nov. 9, at 3 p.m. in the D.P. Culp University Center’s Martha Street Culp Auditorium.
Tickets are $15, and proceeds will benefit the ETSU Chorale’s March 2009 concert tour of Spain and France. During the nine-day tour, the Chorale will perform at some of the major cathedrals in those countries, including Notre Dame and La Madeleine in Paris.
The “Big Fall Show” is the first major production presented by the ETSU Jazz Singers since the group was revived last spring after a 20-year hiatus. The six men and six women undergraduate students who comprise the Jazz Singers were selected through auditions for their ability to perform various styles of popular music with choreography. Members of the Jazz Singers are Katie Luchini and Chris Plaas, Johnson City; Justin Conway and Emilee Shook, Elizabethton; Whitney Eads, David Godsey, Aaron Hull and Brett Smith, Bristol; Tyler Clark, Bristol, Va.; Ashley Francis, Cookeville; Ashley Fuqua, Oak Ridge; and Megan Heard, Atlanta.
This year’s “Big Fall Show” includes classic hits by the Manhattan Transfer, current popular songs by Michael Bublé and numbers from the musical “Hairspray,” with accompaniment by an instrumental jazz ensemble and pianist Ann Yates Jones. Returning for this production is Beverly Dugger Wiginton, the original choreographer for the Jazz Singers. In addition to creating the choreography, she has been working with members of the group on their stage movement since last summer.
Various other small groups made up of students in the ETSU Chorale will also appear during the concert. The Chorale Bluegrass Band has had a traditional spot on the programs of “Big Fall Shows” and “Spring Spectaculars” in the past. The barbershop quartet “Bucshot,” consisting of Justin Conway, Brad Fore, Josh Golden and Chris Plaas, will also perform a couple of numbers. Vocal performance majors Sara Brimer, Linda Brimer, Matt Reaves and Lee Rose will present a well-known quartet from opera, and a small male ensemble will share some gospel songs made popular by the Gaither Vocal Band. Concluding the concert will be a medley of favorite spirituals by the entire ETSU Chorale.
Tickets are available from members of the ETSU Chorale or by calling (423) 439-6949. To arrange special assistance for those with disabilities, call 439-6949 or the Department of Music at 439-4276.