Music from the Great American Songbook
American popular songs, show tunes, and jazz standards from the first half of the twentieth century
About This Program
The Great American Songbook is not, in fact, an actual book or physical collection that authoritatively defines this music. Rather than a binding, the songs are held together by the ethos of an era that many refer to as “The Golden Age of Song,” in which great melodies and sophisticated yet subtle harmonies were combined with witty lyrics and clever rhymes. Many of the writers of these songs are still household names today: George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Hoagy Carmichael, the list goes on.
The quality and craftsmanship of the songs is demonstrated not only by their popularity, but also because they maintain their allure with performers of all types and styles. Above all, these works are the songs we love to sing!
St. Francis UMC
2965 Kildaire Farm Rd, Cary
Saturday, March 9, 2019
Concert Singers of Cary
Symphonic and Chamber Choirs: accompanied by a jazz trio with horn section.
Nathan Leaf, Conductor
Allen Bailey, Pianist
Kathleen Jasinskas, Soprano
Bill Adams, Baritone
Our Guest Artists
Kathleen Jasinskas made her North Carolina debut in 2017 in Le nozze di Figaro with The North Carolina Opera. Here in the Triangle, Kathleen maintains a full voice and piano studio and is a member of the Duke Evensong Singers and the highly acclaimed Avante Vocal Jazz ensemble. She has also been seen both on stage and playing viola in the orchestra pit with the Durham Savoyards.
Bill Adams is an operatic baritone and active concert soloist with a growing repertoire of more than 6o roles in Opera, Oratorio, and Musical Theater; a choral chamber musician with experience from vocal jazz to madrigals; and an instrumentalist who has performed on more than 40 instruments in every conceivable setting from symphony orchestras to rock bands.
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