Sinatra takes the stage Thursday evening

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, May 3, 2006

VIDALIA &8212; Dust off the swizzle sticks and crank up the gramophone, Frankie baby&8217;s coming to town.

Don&8217;t worry, Thursday&8217;s &8220;Celebrating Sinatra, the Man and his Music&8221; at Concordia Bank and Trust is guaranteed safe for the whole family.

The concert is the fourth of five a series hosted by the Concordia Parish Library System. The free show begins at 7 p.m. and is open to rat packers and brat packers and anyone else.

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Corey Trahan will lead a trio of performers through the tribute.

Trahan, a baritone, runs the opera program at the University of Louisiana-Monroe as part of a two-year fellowship designed to bring a working artist to instruct the school&8217;s aspiring vocalists.

Trahan said that, while he hadn&8217;t previously known much about the intricacies of Ol&8217; Blue Eyes&8217; repertoire, he knew better than to try and copy him.

&8220;Sinatra is so unique in his style and phrasing, you can&8217;t replicate it,&8221; he said. &8220;The challenge has been trying to make it our own. That&8217;s why we call it a celebration and not an imitation.&8221;

Joining him in the celebration are soprano Lisa McCalmon and pianist Eric Schnobrick.

McCalmon, a native of Ouachita Parish, is finishing her degree in Vocal Performance at ULM where she studies under Trahan.

Sort of.

&8220;We work together, it&8217;s not really teaching,&8221; Trahan, 30, said. &8220;&8221;It&8217;s more polishing than anything.&8221;

Tarahan said fans could expect a mix of duets and solo performances, as well as a chance to participate.

&8220;We like to have people dancing and we have chances to bring people on stage,&8221; she said.

Black tie is optional and you&8217;d better leave the scotch and Chesterfields at home, this is a family show.

Taylor said the concert series had just about run out of grant money and was happy to have the Ferriday Community Service Club serving as co-sponsor of the event.

The club raises money that it distributes to local projects in the community. Mignonne Ater, the club&8217;s president, said the concert series is a valuable project.

&8220;The library is an excellent source of information and opportunity,&8221; she said. &8220;And Amanda Taylor has done a great job with this in the past and we area glad to be a part of it.&8221;

Thursday&8217;s will be the trio&8217;s third performance in a 12-week tour.

With his fellowship ending in May, Trahan said he plans to try his hand in New York in either opera or musical theater.

&8220;Or acting, anything I can do, performance-wise,&8221; he said.

Like the man says in the song, if he can make it there&8230;