Here’s a tonic to finish off the winter doldrums: The talented and versatile “Singers on The Grand,” who will present their show, “American Classics,” at Lansing’s Riverwalk Theatre, Saturday, April 13 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, April 14 at 2 p.m.
“American Classics” offers a wide array of musical styles from Broadway and pop to jazz and spirituals - each tune unique, yet tied together by being distinctly American. Hear solos, duets, and full-ensemble choral numbers as the vocalists serve up tight harmonies and plenty of emotion. The gifted, seven-piece Grand Band accompanies, further energizing the performance.
Selections will include jazz standards “That Old Black Magic,” “Stormy Weather” and “Satin Doll;” a medley of Broadway’s West Side Story; 1940s upbeat “Stuff Like That There;” a “Jukebox Medley” four pop/rock n’ roll favorites from the 1960s-80s, and Billy Joel’s “The Longest Time.” Hank Williams and Jerry Garcia are represented with “Cold, Cold Heart” and “Black Muddy River.” The group also traditionally includes sacred songs in their lineup. This year’s inspirational offerings are Dolly Parton‘s “Light of a Clear Blue Morning” and the gospel “Jesus Is the Light.”
Celebrating their 15th year together, the "Singers on The Grand" is presented by founder Libby Brandon and her daughter Katy McDonough, choral director. The thirteen vocalists include: Bill Atkin, Bill DeWitt, Barbara Frazier, James Hall, Ellen Hoard, Kathleen Leyrer, Charlie Martin, Dorothea Martin, Katy McDonough, Kelly Sandula-Gruner, Rachel Schroeder, Dave Sincox, and Dan Templin. The Grand Bandinstrumentalists are: Herm Bushnell, Bob Engardio, Don Farnum, Bill Holda, Jim Kasprzak, Pete Murthum and Rick Peterson.
“This is a fascinating show, filled with joy, sweet memories, a wild variety of songs, and plenty of fun,” comments Brandon. “My privilege is showcasing these area artists who choose their solos and duets, and interpret classic American music so well.”
Advance tickets/reservations for the show are $10 (paid for 24 hrs. before the performance) and $12 at the door for the 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday shows. Make your reservations now by calling Riverwalk Theatre at (517) 482-5700. The Riverwalk Theatre is located at 228 Museum Drive next to Impression Five Science Center, downtown Lansing, and is a barrier-free facility.