Celebrating Sinatra for Festival of Music

Published 12:00 am Sunday, October 21, 2007

NATCHEZ —Vocalists extraordinaire Corey Trahan and Lisa McCalmon have developed a spectacular show they call “Celebrating Sinatra: An Evening of His Signature Tunes,” and they’re bringing it to Natchez Oct. 27.

Accompanied by pianist Julian Jones, they’ll have you reliving (or perhaps discovering for the first time) Frank Sinatra’s golden days.

Frank Sinatra was the gangly young man crooning into a microphone, a singer in a sailor suit in films like “Anchors Away” and “On the Town,” and later on, the Chairman with his Rat Pack, swinging through Vegas with Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr.

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But above all, he was that smooth, glorious voice that took every living breathing female by storm and gave wings to over 200 hit songs.

Now Ole Blue Eyes is back!

Trahan, McCalmon and Jones will be joined by bassist Steven Bennett and drummer Marcus Madison. This program offers up the songs that made Sinatra an entertainment icon. Songs like “Come Fly With Me,” “The Lady is a Tramp,” “All the Way,” “My Funny Valentine,” and of course the premier Sinatra Standard, “New York New York.”

There are many, many more, of course, in a repertoire designed to honor the artist and thrill the listener just as if you were being entertained by The Chairman himself.

This show has been honed over several years, and is coming to Natchez as a fundraiser for the Natchez Festival of Music.

But there’s more.

The first act is all Sinatra, but the second act is filled with wonderful Hollywood standards you know and love. It’s like getting two shows in one!

Spend the evening hearing Frank Sinatra songs and wonderful Hollywood standards Saturday at 8 p.m., Oct. 27 at Margaret Martin Performing Arts Center on Homochitto Street.

Premium reserved seats will go for $45 each with general admission tickets at $30. Students (with I.D.) get in for just $7.

Get patron tickets ($100 each or $175 per pair) and be invited to a special patron party at the home of Drs. Bob and Bettina Barnes. There will be drinks and hors d’oeuvres, another, more intimate concert, and a visit with the stars of the show.

Come hear “Celebrating Sinatra.” It will be the closest you can come to hearing Ole Blue Eyes himself.