The North Alton Godfrey Business Council announces a talented lineup of musical entertainment for its ninth annual Expressions — A Musical Experience series.
These are free public concerts with appeal for people of all ages; no reservations are required. Performances are held in the air-conditioned Alton High School Performing Arts Center, 4200 Humbert Road, Alton. Concerts start at 7 p.m. with the series commencing on Wednesday, May 27, featuring Elsie Parker and The Poor People of Paris, a four-piece ensemble performing French popular and jazz music. Parker ties lyrics and story into meaningful offerings.
The second concert, The Swing of Hearts, on Wednesday, June 10, features a 33-piece orchestra with vocal renderings by Cecil Cope and a multi-talented female artist. Their program will include an array of familiar popular songs such as “Falling In Love Again,” “I’m Confessing That I Love You,” “When Your Lover Has Gone,” and other favorites.
The third concert, on Wednesday, July 8, features a longtime area favorite, Gary Dammer and His Big Band. Gary’s smooth trumpet solos are complemented by 17 of the area’s finest musicians, together with vocal renderings by Steve Schiniger. This program features an array of big band charts and Frank Sinatra arrangements.
The Wednesday, Aug. 12, concert features the big band sounds of The Sentimental Journey Dance Orchestra, an 18-piece swinging aggregation playing the charts of Benny Goodman, Harry James and the Dorseys. This group is truly a sentimental favorite of everyone.
The final concert on Wednesday, Sept. 9, sees the return of a five-piece ensemble from the St. Louis Symphony, part of the concert series for the last three years. This will be a combination of education for students in the afternoon and an evening performance.
Corporate sponsors include the business council together with the following council members: AdVantage News, Alton Memorial Hospital, Carvers, First Mid-America Credit Union, Freer Auto Body and Accessories, Hayner Public Library District, Karen Wilson State Farm Insurance, Liberty Bank; McDonald’s Restaurants of Alton, Bethalto, Godfrey and Hamel; Senior Services Plus and Strategic Consulting Inc. The series is a community-inspired event with an appeal to all music lovers.