Without music, concerts wouldn’t exist and funk would just be the smell emanating from an old sock filled with corn. Lend an ear to this GrouponLive deal to see The Magic of Fred Waring: Father of the Glee Phenomenon presented by Encore Vocal Arts at Lawrence Central High School on Saturday, May 19, at 8 p.m. Choose between the following options:
- For $25, you get a concert package for two (up to a $54.24 total value) that includes:
- Two general-admission tickets (up to a $19.62 value each, including fees)
- One Encore Vocal Arts CD (a $15 value)
- For $9, you get one general-admission ticket (up to a $19.62 value, including fees).<p>
Snappy songs have infiltrated more than just the opening credits of primetime television programs in recent years. The popular series Glee, in particular, has spearheaded the airtime assault of harmonious vocals and tongue-in-cheek performances, which hark back to a bygone era of big-band leaders such as Fred Waring, also known as The Man Who Taught America to Sing. This May, as the final concert of its 40th season, Encore Vocal Arts’ chamber choir teams up with Lawrence Central High School’s show choir, The Central Sound, for an evening of timeless tunes. The program’s ambition, as Encore’s artistic director Chris Ludwa explains, is to “connect today’s show choir generation with their musical roots.”
This vocal union benefits high-school choir programs as it belts out feel-good numbers by composers including the aforementioned Fred Waring, Cole Porter, Jerome Kern, and Hoagy Carmichael. While assembling the set list for the show, which includes such staples as “In the Still of the Night” and “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” Ludwa traveled to the Waring Library at Penn State University to visit the library curator, borrow original scores, and reconstruct arrangements. In keeping with a Waring tradition, Ludwa closes the show with the legend’s most famous hit, “Sleep,” a woozy, buoyant piece that carries ears to the evening’s end without having to swaddle lobes in fuzzy slipper earrings.