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April 2004

Release Date: April 6, 2004

Pops Concert by ASU Choirs to Provide Musical Tribute to War Years of 1940s

The Angelo State University Vocal Ensemble and Chamber Singers, under the direction of Dr. Pamela Lee, will present "Pops at the Pavilion II: A Tribute to WWII" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 13, at the outdoor University Pavilion located between Concho and University Halls on campus.

Special guests will be Lee Junior High School's show choir, Rebel Rage, under the direction of ASU alumna Patti Wetzel. This outdoor family concert, jointly sponsored by the Arts at ASU and the University Center Program Council, is open free to the public as is a reception afterward with soft drinks and cookies.

The Pops at the Pavilion series was established last year to reach a wider musical audience and to enrich campus life. This year's program will offer a treat for the World War II generation by reviving the 1940 "swing" hits made popular by the era's big bands and vocalists. Everyone is encouraged to dress casually as the ASU Chamber Singers and Vocal Ensemble lead this stroll down memory lane and perform the hit music of World War II.

Among the "travel" songs will be performances of Duke Ellington's signature piece "Take the A Train" along with "Chattanooga Choo-Choo," "Sentimental Journey," Glenn Miller's "Pennsylvania 6-5000" and "Tuxedo Junction," as recorded by the contemporary jazz vocal group, The Manhattan Transfer.

Wistful ballads such as Johnny Mercer's "Dream," "I'll Never Smile Again," as recorded by the Jordan Aires, and the quintessential song of the era, "I'll Be Seeing You," will evoke the melancholy and romance of the war years. Upbeat dance music will include Benny Goodman's Carnegie Hall blockbuster "Sing, Sing, Sing," Count Basie's "One O'Clock Jump," and Joe Garland's "In The Mood." Glenn Miller's mellow tunes will be represented with vocal arrangements of "A String of Pearls" and "Moonlight Serenade."

The sassy, sophisticated blend of the Andrews Sisters will emerge with "Bei Mir Bist Du Sch├Án (Means That You're Grand)," "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy," "Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree" and "Ac-cent-tchu-ate the Positive." Additional selections will include "Jeepers Creepers" by Johnny Mercer, the catchy "I'm Beginning to See the Light" by Duke Ellington and Harold Arlen's popular torch ballad "Stormy Weather." The program will conclude with the Bob Hope classic "Thanks for the Memory."

A jazz combo featuring the keyboard talents of Louellen Meyer and Kim Snell, the rhythm stylings of Jason Gregg on drum set and the skills of Justin Yates and Jamie Perez on bass guitar will accompany the singers.

For more information, contact the Department of Art and Music at 942-2085, Ext. 221.