Sauk Valley Community Concert Association
2017-18 Season

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Scott Kirby – Main Street Souvenirs
October 14, 2017 – 7pm NOTE DATE CHANGE
Dixon High School


In search of the American Heartland…Scott Kirby presents a multi-media stage performance whichfeatures live piano music, a spoken narrative, and a video presentation.

The music in the first half of the program will span about 150 years of American pop, jazz and folk music, including tunes by Scott Joplin, Stephen Foster, John Philip Sousa and many others.

The second half of the program will feature Kirby’s original compositions for piano, his original paintings, old photos from long ago all joined together as he plays the piano and talks about the history of the American Great Plains and prairies. Scott talks about small town American life and times and his comments will bring back wonderful memories to the members of the audience.

Scott was first a musician and fine pianist, but his artistic passion grew to include visual art, and he has completed 75 paintings and 28 piano compositions. He now lives in Boulder Colorado and divides his time between composing, painting, performing and teaching.



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Todd Murray – Croon
November 5, 2017 – 7pm
Centennial Auditorium
Sterling High School

Todd Murray leads this vocal show with a loose story line of how the microphone influenced singing, and how singing has evolved as time has passed. With songs from Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra to today’s pop vocalists this is a fun program.

Todd Murray, the new leading man of cabaret, has all the needed ingredients: a mellow baritone voice, perfect diction, and great timing. Matinee-idol looks don’t hurt either, but it’s his material that brings back the memories of the big-band era. His show, CROON, traces the history of crooning – defined as singing intimately with a microphone. Given that singing intimately is what Todd does best, he excels in virtually every number.

Todd has performed at New York’s Town Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and many engagements at Feinstein’s At the Regency. He can be heard singing in Showgirls: Glitz and Angst, in the HBO Series America Undercover as well as several feature movies. He has been nominated for numerous awards for his vocals, CDs and song writing.

Come and see Todd the Crooner. You will love this great young performer.



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J. Mark McVey
March 16, 2018 – 7pm
TBA

Broadway star J. Mark McVey performs a program of familiar Broadway favorites and pops standards.

J. Mark made his Broadway debut as Jean Valjean in Les Miserables after having won the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Actor. He was the first American to perform the role in London’s West End. He reprised the role with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl.

He made his Carnegie Hall Debut with Marvin Hamlisch and continues to perform with numerous symphonies around the country and the world. His TV credits include America’s Got Talent and Huckabee. He made his PBS debut with the Special for the U.S. Military Troupes with The National Symphony Orchestra. He also appeared in the PBS Special A Tale of Two Cities in Concert.

He earned a Double-Platinum record for his participation on the Trans-Siberian Orchestra CD, The Lost Christmas Eve. In addition, a collaborative touring project with Ernie Haase & Signature Sound including a recording entitled Inspiration of Broadway CD & DVD was released, as was another solo CD Finding My Way.

J. Mark is one of the finest singers/actors you will ever see or hear. His exquisite voice, producing very evocative, personalized singing connects to every audience member!



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Alias Brass
April 28, 2018 – 7pm
Historic Dixon Theatre
The Alias Brass Company is described as “the only name for music innovation” by the Canadian Brass, and highly
recommended by world-renowned trumpeter Jens Lindemann.

Founded in 2013, the Alias Brass is a collaboration of five uniquely talented artists from across the nation. Their fully memorized and choreographed show is comprised of standards and original
compositions. From Baroque and Classical, to Jazz and Pop, they play music for every taste.

Alias Brass has entertained audiences across North America, and is dedicated to inspiring the next generation of musicians through wide reaching workshops for young audiences.

They have been awarded professional residencies at the Raphael Mendez Brass Institute in Denver, and the Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada. They have performed countless concerts throughout the U.S. as well as Canada.

Alias Brass’s shows are an emotional journey combining diverse elements of classical music and modern pop-culture to create an experience that is both engaging and exciting. They have delighted audiences across America.