- Where:Lawrence Jewish Community Center, 917 Highland Drive, Lawrence
- Cost: Free
- Age limit: All ages
Twin Cities Vocal Jazz Group Debuts First Lawrence Concert May 9, 2012.
In the tradition of "Manhattan Transfer," McNally Smith College of Music's Contemporary Vocal Ensemble (CVE) has dazzled audiences with its harmony, innovation and improvisation in New York, Chicago, throughout the Midwest and around the Twin Cities. "We do a wide variety of styles with the vocal jazz concept acting as the unifying element," explains Jennifer Parker, CVE director. The ensemble features 6-10 singers and a rhythm section that includes bass, drums, guitar and keys. The free concert includes the music of James Taylor, Sting, Stevie Wonder, Bob Dylan, Bobby McFerrin, Robert Flack, New York Voices and Esperanza Spalding in addition to a song written especially for the group by McNally Smith college president Harry Chamlers. The group has performed at the New York Voices Jazz Festival and the International Symposium for Music Education. CVE also includes Lawrence resident and LJCC member Natalie Lassman.
The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Lawrence Jewish Community Center, 917 Highland. The concert will be followed by a reception.