Tuesday, October 7, 2014 - 7:00 P.M.
Under the tutelage of master star-maker David
Foster, Varela is on the fast track to the top. Easily striding Opera and
Pop, he is the very picture of the “modern-day” tenor. Imagine a
three-year-old boy growing up in San Juan, Puerto Rico, imitating the
musical acrobatics of the iconic Michael Jackson. Those melodious antics
helped the young Fernando Varela develop a strong, tenor voice, paving the
way for his discovery on YouTube by one of Jackson’s producers, hit-maker
and 16-time Grammy Award winner David Foster. Ultimately, Fernando won
Foster’s “Born to Sing” contest culminating in a guest appearance with David
Foster and Friends at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas. Fernando’s
performance was reviewed as a show stopper and has been followed by numerous
appearances with Foster, singing alongside an incredible list of super stars
including Barbra Streisand, Lionel Richie, Neil Diamond, Peter Cetera,
Babyface, Carole Bayer Sager, Kelly Clarkson, Keith Urban, Seal, Chris Botti,
Jewel, Chaka Kahn, Ruben Studdard, Jessica Sanchez, Robi Draco Rosa, Charice,
Australia’s Delta Goodrem and British superstar Katherine Jenkins. His heart
surrounds each song that he performs. His charisma warmly embraces his
audiences. His music uplifts the soul - and an evening spent listening to
him becomes a very memorable experience.
Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 7:00 P.M.
This world-famous Harlem Gospel Choir brings you
an extraordinary evening of foot-stomping and hand-clapping blues, jazz and
gospel spirituals. They are loved everywhere for their joyous music and
inspirational message. From the heart of Harlem in New York City, the
Harlem Gospel Choir travels the world as ambassadors for African American
culture. They are loved everywhere for their joyous music and inspirational
message. Over the years, the Choir has performed with such superstars as
Bono, Keith Richards, Andre Rieu, Josh Groban, Lyle Lovett, Diana Ross,
Harry Belafonte, Brooks & Dunn and the Chieftains, just to name a few. They
have also had the pleasure of performing for Royalty, President Obama,
Nelson Mandela and Sir Elton John.
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 - 7:00 P.M.
Umi’s piano performances have thrilled audiences
with brilliant playing and charm, earning her enthusiastic standing ovations
and establishing Umi as a definitive rising star in classical music. Fluent
in both Japanese and English, which she speaks without a hint of an accent,
hers is an amazing story. For one thing, she does not come from a family of
musicians. An only child, she and her family lived quietly in California,
where her father helped with his family’s furniture store and developed a
side business of growing coral for resale to pet stores. But there was a
seismic shift in their lives when, at 4½, she begged her parents to let her
study piano with her pre-school teacher, like her other little friends. By
the age of 7, when most children are still searching for middle C on the
piano, Umi was on her way to greatness. Now in her teens Umi performs
featuring Rob Verdi
Friday, January 23, 2015 - 7:00 P.M.
One of the most beloved instruments in American
culture takes center stage! Rob Verdi shares his
rare and unusual instrument collection, along with five decades of songs and
artists that have
shaped the saxophone. In 2008 Rob Verdi introduced Live On Stage
audiences to an exciting new show entitled “Saxophobia.” The presentation
offered audiences a glimpse at some of the most unusual saxophones ever
manufactured and paid tribute to legendary jazz artists who contributed to
the development of jazz and popularity of the saxophone. “SAXsational,”
Verdi’s latest musical project,
invites your high school concert band, jazz band or local community band to
share the stage with him. This exciting guest artist program includes
custom musical arrangements that showcase a variety of rare saxophones and
puts your local talent center stage! Together, Verdi and the band will
explore a repertoire of classic melodies including swing and jazz standards,
movie and television hits and pop favorites. Hear a tiny curved sopranino,
the smallest sax, up to a tall 6-foot contrabass, the largest in the world
and virtually everything in between.
Sinatra featuring Steve Lippia and His
Saturday, March 7, 2015 - 7:00 P.M.
Steve Lippia anchors the quintessential
remembrance of “Old Blue Eyes.” More than a “sound-alike,” his Las Vegas
appearances and national tours have cemented Lippia’s place as a champion of
the Great American Songbook. Steve Lippia’s “considerable vocal skills”
(Wall Street Journal) have made Lippia one of the most prominent, in-demand
vocalists in the country, establishing Lippia among the finest interpreters
of “standards” and traditional pop music. His youthful, energetic talent and
powerful show creates a perfect blend of “classic” and “contemporary.” His
show introduces this timeless music to a new generation while appealing to
Friday, April 10, 2015 - 7:00 P.M.
This quartet of vocalists and instrumentalists
render Irish classics alongside original compositions. The ensemble of
voices, Celtic harp and bowed psaltery boasts four seasoned concert and
theatrical professionals. Four Celtic Voices perform a spellbinding journey
through the magic and wonder of the Celtic Lands. Traditional Celtic
instruments such as bowed psaltery, harmonium, flute and Celtic harp
mesmerize audiences and bring singing and playing time-honored traditionals
and surprise with upbeat originals. Exceptional vocal harmonies of the women
instantly transport audiences to the ancient mysterious realms of the Celts.
Four Celtic Voices with Celeste Ray features Carol Crittenden, Maria Banks
and Alison Crossley and are accompanied by sizzling rhythm section…
Monday, April 27, 2015 - 7:00 P.M.
Good Company's presentation of ”Under the
Influence of Great American Music" is an exploration of prominent songs,
artists, and musicians throughout American history. It is iconic American
roots music for the 21st Century with live band. This dynamic ensemble will
perform well-known songs across genres and decades; all the while providing
historical perspective and illustrating the linear evolution of popular
music. Good Company's trio of lead singers will also illustrate the
perpetual forward trajectory of music. With the presentation of their own
material, audiences will see and hear firsthand how original songs from
these celebrated young songwriters are connected with the songs of the past.
"As creators of music in the present, we're merely standing on the shoulders
of the brilliant composers and performers that have come before us," says
Good Company founder and singer/songwriter, Mike Willis. With a virtuosic
backing band, Good Company is excited to lead audience members by the hand
down memory lane and into the possibility of the future of great American
Live on Stage Marshalltown (LOSM), an all-volunteer non-profit concert association, is excited to bring eight concerts for the 2014-2015 season. The association previously known as the Marshalltown Community Concert Association (MCCA) has been bringing high quality concerts to the Marshalltown, Iowa community for 75 years, and looks forward to continuing that tradition for years to come. Member of the Marshalltown Chamber of Commerce.
These concerts are performed at the Marshalltown High School/Community Auditorium, 1602 S. Second Avenue (parking lot and auditorium on northeast side of building, off Third Avenue). Click on the photo for more information and photos of the auditorium
Click on the link below for membership information and subscription cost.
In addition to these eight concerts we have reciprocity agreements with our sister Community Concert Associations in Newton, and Waterloo whereby our subscription fee will enable members to attend the concerts in these other cities at no additional cost.
For more information about the
Live on Stage Marshalltown Concert Series, click on any of the pictures above or the links below.
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