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January 13, 2012

‘Presidents and Patriots’ concert set for Feb. 12

CROSSVILLE — The Southern Stars will be performing their second concert of the Crossville Music Series Sunday, Feb. 12 at 3:30 p.m. at Stone Memorial High School auditorium led by conductor Dr. Steven Sudduth. Maestro sponsor for this concert is Gordon Atchley, of Farm Bureau Insurance, and the 2011-'12 season sponsor is Bed and Biscuit Kennel.

The theme of the concert is "Presidents and Patriots," in line with the date of the concert being President Abraham Lincoln’s birthday and the proximity of President’s Day. The music has been selected to include patriotic music and other selections that have connections to the eras of U.S. presidents.

Daniel Black will be appearing as guest artist for this concert via agreement with the Cumberland County Playhouse, where he has been an active performer/actor for 16 years. In this past calendar year, he has appeared in CCP presentations of "Tuesday's with Morrie," "My Fair Lady," Little Shop of Horrors," "Oklahoma," "Chicago," "Dearly Departed," "Fiddler on the Roof," "Sander's Family Christmas" and will he kick off 2012 with a key role in "Driving Miss Daisy" which opens Jan. 21.

For the Feb. 12 concert, Daniel will be narrating Aaron Copland’s moving “Lincoln’s Portrait” with accompaniment by the Southern Stars Symphonic Brass. In addition, Daniel will be the featured vocalist for the ever popular “Bill Bailey.”

The full program for this concert is "President’s March;" "Lincoln Portrait," with Daniel Black as narrator; "Sandpaper Ballet; "Bandinage," tuba solo, Sean Greene of SSSB; "Summon the Heroes;" "Bill Bailey," vocal by Daniel Black; "William Tell Overture," featuring the SSSB percussion section; "Shenandoah," euphonium solo by Brandon Jones of SSSB; "Solid Men to the Front;" Tijuana Brass selections; and "American Salute."

Tickets for the concert are $18 for adults and $5 for students. A special “short season” ticket will be available for $30 which gives admission to both this concert and the April 21 final concert of the season. The April 21 concert called "Brassamataz!" will feature Nashville guest artist, Buddy Greene, who is a frequent performer with the Bill Gaither gospel group.

Tickets will be available in advance by Jan. 13 at the following locations: First National Bank of Tennessee locations in Crossville and Fairfield Glade, Cumberland Eye Care, Dr. Stuart Galloway in Fairfield Glade, Bed and Biscuit Kennel off Peavine Rd. and Cumberland County Playhouse box office at 484-5000 or at their on-line website (a small surcharge will apply for the CCP location). Group sales for a minimum of 10 are available for $15 per ticket via contacting Dwight Wages at 484-6939.

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