Crooning with the Songs of Cole Porter

Published: February 01, 2017 | Author: Ashley Pollock | Read Time: 2 minutes

Choir students performing at Southern Utah UniversityThe Department of Music at Southern Utah University continues the Great American Songbook Series this spring semester with their first performance on Tuesday, February 7th. Ticket prices are $10 for adults and $5 for students. The concert will be in the Southern Utah Museum of Art at 7:30 p.m. with students and faculty featuring the music of Cole Porter.

Carol Ann Modesitt, founder of the Great American Songbook Series, said, “This concert will follow a similar format that we have done on the last two concerts. Cole Porter wrote several musicals, Anything Goes, Kiss Me Kate, Can-Can, Silk-Stockings, and The Gay Divorcee. He also wrote the music for the film High Society which starred Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, and Grace Kelly. He was witty and clever. He generally wrote his lyrics first and then set them to music. Of all the composers the series has highlighted so far, Cole Porter was the most prolific.”

Ben Lieske, a student studying music at Southern Utah University, said, “The students and faculty that participate in the Great American Songbook Series are fantastic performers. I have been to all of the previous songbook series concerts, and they have all been full of entertaining musical selections. Anyone who attends will be treated to a wonderful evening full of outstanding music.”

The proceeds from this concert series will be used as a fund to assist students with instrument repair, purchase of instruments for the Department of Music, and help contribute to tours and students having the opportunity to go to conferences throughout the year. This will relieve a portion of the financial requirement that faces students studying music.

The final Great American Songbook Series concert for this school year Tuesday, March 21, 2017, featuring composers Rodgers and Hart.

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