2008-2009 Schedule of Shows

All performances held in the Auditorium, at Kokomo High School - South Campus.

American Jukebox - Saturday, October 11, 2008 - 7:30 PM

Celebrate the very best of America’s Top Pop music with our musical variety show, American Jukebox! This colorful, high-energy spectacular is a 2-hour full-length version of the original 30-minute piece that dazzled audiences for 10 years at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. A live 6-piece band rocks the house in 50’s, Motown, Disco, Country and Blues styles, as a cast of 6 incredible singer/dancers make the enormous center-stage jukebox come alive with lights and sound! Featuring mega-hit songs like “Whole Lotta Shakin’,” “Respect,” “Soulman,” and “Boogie Wonderland,” American Jukebox is a vigorous trip down America’s favorite musical lanes!

ACT ONE features favorite moments of song and dance from early Broadway musicals such as A Chorus Line, Guys and Dolls, 42nd Street, West Side Story, The Sound of Music, Oklahoma, Annie Get Your Gun and more. ACT TWO celebrates today's popular musicals with song selections from Wicked, Mamma Mia, Beauty and the Beast, Hairspray, Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables and Cats.

Dale Gonyea
- Saturday, November 15, 2008 - 7:30 PM

They say that at the age of 5, Dale Gonyea got up one morning and, without a single lesson, began playing the piano. At 10, he saw the movie, West Side Story, and was furious he hadn't written it. Today, this University of Michigan graduate uses piano to springboard his unique brand of humor, and is garnering worldwide acclaim. This Grammy-nominated and Emmy Award winner has written songs for Disney’s Aladdin: The Return of Jafar and Sport Goofy, as well as for Bette Midler, Ray Stevens, Rich Little, and for a satirical British television show entitled, "etc."sound

The Los Angeles Times proclaimed him "heir to the piano-comedy throne" during the run of his solo theater piece, A Twelve O'clock Guy in a Nine O'clock Town. Television appearances include Evening at the Improv, H BO Young Comedians, TV's Bloopers and Practical Jokes, Paramount Comedy Theater, and as a special musical reporter on Entertainment Tonight.

* Includes an Outreach Concert for area schools at 9:30 AM on Friday. Contact Mary Rusch for more details.

** Warm-up Performance by Crescendo! String Orchestra starts at 7:00 PM Saturday.

Pavlo - Sunday, December 7, 2008 - 2:30 PM

Pavlo is a dynamic composer, guitarist, and singer, who has created a unique style best described as “Mediterranean music.” Mixing the sounds of Greek Bouzouki with Flamenco and Latin influences has proven a winning combination, which Pavlo says was the “natural progression” of combining his Classical and Flamenco training with his passion for Greek and European sounds.

Six acclaimed albums and one Juno award later (for “2004 World Artist of the Year”), Pavlo continues to grow in demand. With ever-increasing television and film credits, commissioned works and an invitation to perform for His Royal Highness Prince Charles, Pavlo is fast blazing a path toward international superstardom.

News Leader calls him the “Greek God of the Guitar.”

- Thursday, February 19, 2009 - 7:30 PM

pianafiddleIs it bluegrass? Is it jazz? Is it classical, old time, ragtime, blues, Celtic or klezmer? If Pianafiddle is performing, the answer is YES! “If we like it, we play it,” they say. Since they have a healthy appreciation for good music, no matter the style, their programs transcend musical genre. Beginning only with a familiar tune, pianist Lynn Wright and violinist/fiddler Adam DeGraff improvise as they go, blending the traditional, the unwritten, and the spontaneous in compelling performances that get toes tapping and hands clapping! sound

How these two very different musicians ended up together in the first place is a mystery, even to them. Lynn has enjoyed a long musical career as a jazz and ragtime pianist, Adam is a classically trained orchestral violinist and chamber musician. Their separate paths led them to recognize a complementary talent: soulful, spontaneous, improvisational piano playing by Wright, technically superb and emotionally powerful violin playing by DeGraff.

Pianafiddle continues to engross its fans with traditionally grounded yet spontaneous musical creations that unfold onstage… different every time. Adam and Lynn love performing, improvising and playing off one another, and ultimately agree that musical boundaries are meant to be crossed!

* Includes an Outreach Concerts for area schools at 9:30 AM on Thursday. Contact Mary Rusch for more details.

Jade Simmons - Saturday, March 21, 2009 - 7:30 PM

Jade SimmonsElectrifying pianist, Jade Simmons is committed to broadening the boundaries of Classical music. Conservatory-trained at Rice University and at the Foundation Bell’ Arte in Brussels, she has performed extensively across Europe and the U.S., with many performances broadcast on PBS and NPR affiliates.

Also a passionate youth advocacy speaker and former Miss America 1st Runner-Up, she was recently honored by the Concert Artist Guild as the first-ever New Music, New Faces Fellow, through which she will continue to expand audiences by bringing traditional and new works to non-traditional and alternative venues. With exuberant stage presence and percussive flare, Jade Simmons fearlessly brings the classics to the cutting edge.

"In Jade one could not ask for more, a performer who takes the written score to heart and makes it her own." -Tania Leon, composer

* Includes an Outreach Concerts for area schools at 9:30 AM on Friday. Contact Mary Rusch for more details.

Side Street Strutters - Saturday, April 18, 2009 - 7:30 PM

In their Silver Anniversary 2008-09 season, the Side Street Strutters continue to capture the excitement and spontaneity of America's greatest musical heritage -- JAZZ! This vivacious six-piece band has excited audiences throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Europe, featuring the legendary sounds of Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong, and Fats Waller. A few dynamic arrangements of popular Big Band tunes adds a little swingin’ spice to their down-home New Orleans repertoire.

With colorful costumes, tap dancing, novelty numbers and rare instrument features, it’s no wonder that Side Street Strutters is still going strong after 25 years. Come join in their Silver Anniversary celebration!