Parish library presents show tunes

Published 12:00 am Sunday, June 7, 2009

Another great evening of music will be coming to Vidalia at the Concordia Bank Lobby sponsored by Concordia Parish Library at 7 p.m. Thursday.

This show “The Best of Show Tunes” will be performed by some of the most outstanding faculty of the LSU School of Music, Dr. Lori Bade, Jan Grimes and Dr. Bill Grimes.

These are familiar faces and talent for the Library Concert Series.

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Dr. Lori Bade has served as professor of voice at LSU since 1993 and area coordinator for the Vocal Arts Area from 1999 to 2007.

Dr. Bade is currently the director of graduate studies for the School of Music. She has received many outstanding awards from the university. As a mezzo soprano performing artist, Ms. Bade brings a history of great successes from throughout the South, Southwest, Washington State and Europe. She has achieved critical acclaim for her “fine voice, well produced with even tone and vibrato…” as well as “pure vocal beauty. She performs many operatic engagements and has most recently performed with the Festival International in Brazil and Austria.

Jan Grimes (professional-in-residence, piano and coordinator of collaborative activities) has degrees from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and Louisiana State University. Her collaborative performances have taken her to Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center, as well as concert stages at universities and community centers across the United States and Canada. She has served as accompanist for clinics and master classes of world-renowned teachers. Grimes specialty is contemporary solo and chamber music.

Dr. Bill Grimes is a widely respected virtuoso jazz bassist. Referred to by Gene Lees as “a formidable bassist,” Grimes has worked with such jazz legends as Joe Pass, Bobby Shew, Terrance Blanchard and Bill Dobbins. Grimes is one of the nation’s leading pops orchestra arrangers — with more than 100 scores to his credit — and conductor.

Many thanks to Amanda Taylor and her library staff for providing the residents of the Miss-Lou with programs of this caliber in the fine arts.

If you have not attended, I urge you to put this date on your calendar and attend. Come, close your eyes and you will think you are in a great concert hall listening to these wonderful and talented artists. This will be a great way to begin your hot summer evenings with relaxing music in a welcoming environment with a free ticket fee. It is “Show-Time and Show-Tunes” at 7 p.m. Thursday at Concordia Bank in Vidalia. See you there!

Misty Chevallier is the secretary of the Concordia Parish Library.