TERRE HAUTE — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology’s Hatfield Hall Theater will be transformed into one of America’s great concert halls when Big Bad Voodoo Daddy brings the big band sounds of Cab Calloway, Benny Goodman and Count Basie to town for a spectacular show that kicks off the college’s 2011-12 Performing Arts Series. The concert will be at 8 p.m. Oct. 7. Tickets are $23-$27 for adults and $20 for students. There are discounts for purchasing tickets for multiple Performing Arts Series shows. Seating is reserved. Purchase or reserve tickets through the Hatfield Hall ticket office by calling (812) 877-8544 or visiting from 1-5 p.m. weekdays and noon to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy carries on the tradition of the legendary big bands and orchestras, and is committed to the swing era lifestyle, with classic suit and fedora styling and gentlemanly demeanor. The group has become one of the most popular touring bands on the road today, performing more than 100 concerts each year. Since its arrival on the music scene in 1993 in a legendary residency at Los Angeles’ Brown Derby nightclub, BBVD’s irresistible live show and aggressive, musically perceptive approach has proven them over time to be the singular standout among the numerous bands that launched the ’90s swing revival. The nine-man group forged a massively successful fusion of classic American sounds from jazz, swing, Dixieland and big-band music, building their own songbook of original dance tunes, and, 16 years later, BBVD is a veteran force that to this day adds new fans by the roomful every time they play. BBVD’s originals thrust the group into its first phase of stardom, when “You & Me and the Bottle Makes Three (Tonight)” and “Go Daddy-O” were featured in the 1996 independent film landmark “Swingers.” The group, named famously after an autograph by blues legend Albert Collins, sold more than 2 million copies of the albums Americana Deluxe and This Beautiful Life, while the band’s music has appeared in more than 60 movies and television shows. With its 2003 New Orleans-inspired album Save My Soul, BBVD began playing in theaters and performing arts centers, like Rose-Hulman’s Hatfield Hall. The band’s career milestones have included appearances in the Super Bowl halftime show, writing theme music for ESPN and network television, and performing for three American presidents. And now, BBVD’s songs have passed into the classic American songbook, playing alongside pop standard songs in film and television, and even on reality competitions like “Dancing With the Stars.” Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s eighth studio album, “How Big Can You Get?,” captures the essence of an American icon, Calloway, in a rowdy celebration of musicianship, mischief, genius, street smarts and fun. It’s also brings a high-voltage jolt of winning, feel-good energy to a country slogging through tough times that may be getting tougher … exactly the way that Calloway’s music did in the Depression-era America of his own youth. “Making the album was one of our biggest musical moments,” stated lead vocalist, guitarist and songwriter Scotty Morris in a news release for the album’s release. He co-founded the group with drummer Kurt Sodergren in southern California. “I couldn’t be more proud that this is the album we’ve made at this moment.” Learn more about BBVD and listen to their music at www.bbvd.com/ theatre_home.html.
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Band to perform Feb. 15 with tribute artist
Casey-Westfield High School band will perform with Elvis tribute artist Travis James at a fundraising concert scheduled 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, in the school at 306 E. Edgar Ave., in Casey.
‘An Evening of Romantic Music’ Feb. 22 with the Terre Haute Symphony
The Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra’s next concert coincides with Valentine’s Day weekend so music director Dr. David Bowden has put together “An Evening of Romantic Music.”
Denise Gamez, guest vocalist, will perform a medley of songs including “Can’t Help Loving Dat Man,” “I Hate Men,” and “The Man I Love” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in ISU’s Tilson Auditorium. The program will include Gershwin’s Overture to Girl Crazy and, perhaps, the most romantic piece ever written, Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2.
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John Spicknall Jazz Piano Trio at ISU Feb. 16
The John Spicknall Jazz Piano Trio will perform at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Recital Hall of Indiana State University’s Richard Landini Center for Performing and Fine Arts.
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Woods Chorale and Madrigals to perform March 10 in New York
The Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College Chorale and Madrigals, a select ensemble composed of 24 of the school’s most talented voices, is scheduled to perform at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City to commemorate International Women’s Day in March.
Great American Songbook concert Feb. 4 showcases singers, songwriters
In a celebration of great songwriters and singers, faculty and students of Indiana State University’s School of Music will bring to life a collection of well-loved standards during a free performance at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the University Hall Theater.
Winter Choral Festival Feb. 7 to feature Cantus
Lincoln Trail College is scheduled to present Cantus as guest artist for its 2014 Winter Festival on Feb. 7.
Members of Cantus, a men’s vocal ensemble, performs without a conductor, and rehearse as chamber musicians, each contributing to the entirety of the artistic process.
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Concert Jan. 29 to feature ISU Wind Orchestra
Vincennes University will present a guest concert featuring the Indiana State University Wind Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 29 at the Red Skelton Performing Arts Center.
Admission is free. The Skelton Center is on the Vincennes University campus at 20 Red Skelton Blvd.
Masterworks Chorale searching for vocalists
Indiana State University’s Masterworks Chorale, a community choir that serves the Wabash Valley, is looking for vocalists who love choral music and are interested in performing.
The 70- to 75-voice ensemble, which performs major choral works each semester, comprises Indiana State students, faculty and staff, and community members.
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Sinfonietta Pops rehearsals begin, concert Feb. 9
The Sinfonietta Pops Orchestra has begun rehearsals for the second half of its concert season.
Music director James N. Chesterson encourages all string players in the Wabash Valley area to consider performing with the sinfonietta.
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LTC’s ‘Sing Noel’ to present shows on Dec. 14, 15
Lincoln Trail College in Robinson, Ill., will present its annual Holiday Festival of Music at 7 p.m. Saturday at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Newton and again at 3 p.m. Sunday in LTC’s Zwermann Arts Center Theater.
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The Van-Dells to hit Boot City stage Dec 7
The Van-Dells have been entertaining audiences of all ages with their unique blend of comedy, choreography and tight harmonies for more than three decades.
TubaChristmas on Santa Day at LTC Dec. 7
The Lincoln Trail College Music Department and Crawford County Arts will present TubaChristmas on Santa Day, Dec. 7, at the college in Robinson, Ill.
Christmas Gala Concert at VU Dec. 4
Vincennes University’s annual Christmas Gala Concert will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in VU’s Red Skelton Performing Arts Center.
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‘From … the Wabash to Tin Pan Alley’ Nov. 16
The Indiana Theatre at Seventh and Ohio streets will be the site of “From the Banks of the Wabash to Tin Pan Alley” on Saturday. The program will pay tribute to Paul Dresser, the region’s most famous songwriter and enthusiast for the Wabash River.
Dec. 3-5 Yuletide Madrigal Feast tickets on sale
Tickets are now on sale for the Yuletide Madrigal Feast, to be presented by the Indiana State University School of Music, Dec. 3-5 at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 215 N. Seventh St.
McGlone to perform Nov. 8, 20 in Oilfield
Marie McGlone, a 16-year-old from Marshall, Ill., earned first-place honors once again in the 11-to-19-year-old division of the Illinois State Fiddle Contest. She was awarded a first-place trophy, a commemorative traveling trophy/plaque and $100.
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