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March 2003

Release Date: March 27, 2003

ASU's Vocal Ensemble Initiates 'Pops at the Pavilion'

Angelo State University's Vocal Ensemble will kick off a new tradition in choral programming with a "Pops at the Pavilion" concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 1, at the University Pavilion located between Concho and University Halls on the ASU campus.

Inspired by the huge popularity of the ASU Choir's annual Halloween Spooktacular, Dr. Pamela Lee as director of ASU choral activities is initiating the pops concert to reach a wider audience and to enrich campus life.

The first "Pops at the Pavilion" will offer a program titled "Flashback Hits of the 60s & 70s" and will spotlight the music of the baby boomer generation. Classics by the Mamas and Papas, Carpenters, Bee Gees, and Blood, Sweat and Tears will be performed along with a tribute to some of the great women of rock, including Aretha Franklin, Carol King, Lulu, Dusty Springfield, and Petula Clark by the women of the group. The men of the Vocal Ensemble will pay tribute to the Beatles, Temptations, Buddy Holly and Elton John.

Featured soloists will include Jenna Swanson, who will open the concert with "Yesterday Once More." Trina Medellin will offer a feisty rendition of "Respect." Nick Howard will sing the solo on Leon Russell's sultry ballad "This Masquerade." Brandon Green will offer a mellow twist to "It's Too Late" by Carol King while Brittney Wojtek will delight the audience with her impression of British songstress Lulu in "To Sir With Love." Jessie Decker will pay homage to Dusty Springfield in "Wishin' and Hopin'."

Shaun Yates will liven up the proceedings with Buddy Holly's "Oh Boy!" Cameron Willmann will add his own brand of soul to "My Girl" and Joseph Sadler will croon over the lush group harmonies of "Don't Let the Sun Go Down On Me." Rounding out the program will be Kelli Dueck and Haley Holmes grooving to the disco beat of "No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)" as recorded by Barbra Streisand and Donna Summer. The concert will conclude with a moving a cappella arrangement of John Lennon's "Imagine," showcasing the vocal improvisations of Kim Snell.

A rock combo featuring the keyboard talents of Kim Snell and director Pamela Lee, rhythm stylings of Jason Gregg, and electric guitars of Justin Yates and Jamie Perez will accompany the singers.

The public is invited to attend this free evening of family entertainment. Everyone is encouraged to bring refreshments (and maybe a jacket) and to catch spring fever as the Vocal Ensemble offers a soft rock serenade and begins a new pops tradition at ASU.