Jazz Orchestra to Present '60s, '70s Themed Concert

The Whitney Center Jazz Orchestra will present the 2019 Boomer Big Band Bash, a 1960s and '70s themed performance, Saturday night at Sheridan College.

The performance will start at 7 p.m. in Kinnison Hall in the college's Whitney Center for the Arts. Tickets are $25.

The Whitney Center Jazz Orchestra is a 19-member professional jazz orchestra in residence at Whitney Center for the Arts. The ensemble is comprised of the region's top jazz musicians and educators and is led by composer/arranger Dr. Eric Richards, Sheridan College's director of bands and jazz studies. His music for jazz orchestra has been performed on six continents by professional and educational ensembles.

The performance will also feature guest vocalist Melissa Butcher.

The performance will feature concert jazz treatments of popular favorites from the 1960s and '70s – the Boomer era – including Lennon and McCartney's “Blackbird,” “Norwegian Wood” and “Eleanor Rigby”; “The Beat Goes on” by Sonny and Cher; Stevie Wonder's “Isn't She Lovely” and a medley of Motown hits.

Butcher's vocals will include Bert Bacharach's “The Look of Love,” Brazil 66's hit sdamba, “Mas Que Nada” and Richards' new arrangement of “Son of a Preacher Man.”

Tickets can be purchased online at www.whitneyarts.org or at the Sheridan College cashier's office during regular business hours, the WCA box office from 1-5 p.m. Wednesday or 11 a.m to 2:30 p.m. Friday, or by calling (307) 675-0360.

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