CROSSVILLE — The Pleasant Hill Instrumental Ensemble, under the direction of Bob Savage, will present a concert on Sunday, Oct. 14 at 3 p.m. in the sanctuary of the Pleasant Hill Community, United Church of Christ. The 18-person group will entertain with a wide variety of music, ranging from Dixieland to spirituals, marches, and novelty numbers. Among these, the percussionists, Jane Heald and Franklin Parker, will personify the piece, Mallet Maniacs. Bill Naumann, on the euphonium, will blow a spirited rendition of "Just a Closer Walk With Thee." From a modest beginning with three players in 1992, the group has grown steadily. Two of the original members of the group, Dick Braun and Peg Muenstermann, are still playing along with the new recruits. The latest addition to the ensemble is the violin section, comprised of Milton Smith and Marian Ziebell. Bob Savage, retired PH Elementary School music teacher, has been ably leading this diverse group. Producing arrangements for such a motley crew of musicians is an ongoing challenge. Savage promises a few musical surprises and treats. The members and their instruments of the Ensemble are Bob Savage, on trumpet, director; Peg Muenstermann, Jackie Dwenger, and Dick Braun on flute; Milt Smith and Marian Ziebell, with violin; Fran Markham, Janeen Carrell, and Mark Heald, on clarinet; Mary Ruth and Mark Heald, on alto saxophone; Roger Knight, on tenor saxophone; Don Nelson, on trombone; Dorothy Faunce, on French horn; Bill Naumann, on euphonium; Jane Heald and Franklin Parker, as percussionists; and Liz Lewis, on the piano. Besides appearances at Fletcher House of Assisted Living, the Wharton Homes, and the Community Church in Pleasant Hill, the Ensemble plays at the various senior centers in Crossville and has been a musical act at the Cumberland County Playhouse. A brief reception will follow the concert. As always, the concerts sponsored by the Music Committee of the Pleasant Hill Community Church are free and open to the public. The expansion of the Community Church has provided the acoustics necessary to make the sanctuary a perfect venue for concerts. A free will offering will provide future support for this talented group. The Community Church is on Church Street off of Main Street, across from the Pleasant Hill Elementary School. For more information or directions, call Dorothy Faunce, 277-5413.
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"Front Page News" held over in Dayton
Cumberland County Playhouse and its producing partner The Scopes Festival in Dayton, TN, have added three more performances of "Front Page News," the newly adapted, historically accurate play with music, currently being staged in the historic “monkey trial” courtroom in Dayton’s Rhea County Courthouse. Additional shows of the new work are Saturday at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m., and the final show Sunday at 2:30 p.m. All times are EDT.
Scarcrow Walk set Oct. 4-31 in Granville
The Second Annual Granville Scarecrow Walk will be in Historic Granville on Oct. 4 through Oct. 31.
Conlee to perform at Palace
John Conlee is a lot like the songs of which he sings. He lives a domestic life with his wife Gale and three children, Rebecca, Jessica and Johnny. During the past two decades, Conlee has achieved a level of success that he has sustained by simply being himself and by making records that the listening public can relate to. He is a gifted entertainer, but he’s not into the glitz and hype of the entertainment world. He’d rather spend his “off the road” time working on his 32 acre farm outside of Nashville or engaging in his woodworking and gunsmithing hobbies.
'Friday Night Air' features City Lites
The “Friday Night Air” summer concert series continues Friday at the Spirit Broadband amphitheater in downtown Crossville with the City Lites Band. They are a very popular four-piece band from Crossville that has performed throughout Tennessee and the Southeast for more than three decades. Their lineup features Marty Gibson on guitar and vocals, Flavy Miller on bass and vocals, Glenn Holverson on saxophones and Wade England on drums. The song list includes a wide variety of musical styles from swing, country, '50’s and '60’s, rock and more. Something for everyone to enjoy! The performance is free to the public and begins at 6 p.m. and is sponsored by the Historic Palace Theatre and the city of Crossville.
Gypsy, Front Page News open this weekend
They're gearing up for a very exciting week both at the Cumberland County Playhouse and at the Rhea County Courthouse in Dayton!
Vintage Dance Society opens PAART season
The Performing Arts Alliance of Rural Tennessee (PAART) is pleased to announce the first event in it’s 2014-15 season: the Lexington Vintage Dance Society will perform "Downton Abbey Era: The Titanic to the Jazz Age" in period costumes. This performance will take place Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. at the Palace Theatre in Crossville.
Gypsy Hombres take stage Sunday
For years, there has been a persistent legend in Nashville about a crazy gypsy ‘Fiddler on the Roof” who dances as he plays the violin on the roof of his Victorian house. Cumberland County Playhouse will prove the legend is 100 percent true as The Gypsy Hombres take the stage Sunday.
'Gypsy' opens July 18 at CCP
Beginning July 18, everything’s coming up roses as the Playhouse brings one of the greatest American musicals of all time to life… “Gypsy”! From the unforgettable first notes of its legendary overture to the final white hot spotlight, “Gypsy” is considered by many to be “the best musical ever,” as it tells the story of the archetypal stage mother, Rose, and her daughters, June and Louise.
‘Wild Man’ takes Palace stage Aug. 23
Look out, Crossville, here comes the coolest guy in town and his name is Rafael R. Soriano, also known by fans everywhere as “Wild Man,” but he calls himself “Wild Man Billy Ralph!”
'An Evening with Steven Whitson' to benefit Kids on the Rise
ds on the Rise will be hosting a fund-raising concert Aug. 2 at the Palace Theatre. The local non-profit agency will present An Evening with Steven Whitson.
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