'Lamarissimo!' series caps off April 26

The SE Texas Record Apr. 18, 2007, 6:00am

A tribute to jazz great Duke Ellington and homage to the Crescent City will cap off Lamar University's "Lamarissimo!" concert series at 7:30 p.m. on April 26, in the historic Jefferson Theatre in downtown Beaumont.

The season finale performance will include '50s rock, country and gospel music.

"As always, we try to appeal to a wide variety of audiences," said Eduardo Garcia-Novelli, Lamar's director of choral activities, including the Cardinal Singers. "We've got oldies. We've got upbeat modern songs. We picked greats from the '30s to the present, including award-winners from stage and screen."

The concert is open to Lamarissimo! season ticket-holders as part of the five-performance package. Individual tickets, priced at $12 for adults and $8 for students, will be available at the theatre box office starting at 6:45 p.m. the night of the concert. Admission is free to students of Lamar University in Beaumont with valid LU identification.

In addition to performing Ellington favorites, singers will belt out the Oscar-winning "Let the River Run" from "Working Girl" and "The Song That Goes Like This" from the Tony-winning "Monty Python's Spamalot."

The rock medley, "Rock and Roll is Here to Stay," Peggy Lee favorite "Fever," "Amazed" and "Inside Your Heaven," as recorded by Carrie Underwood.

The Lamar Dance Company will perform five numbers � and join the Cardinal Singers for the finale, "Heaven Help Us All," a high-energy gospel selection.

Members of the Cardinal Singers � Lamar's "show choir" � are Alisa Burneston-Bell, Stephanie Born, Brian Brassard and Henry Brown III, all of Beaumont; Scott Slack, Hardin; Courtney Wind, Genevieve Nutt and Jacob Wills, Nederland; Haleigh Still and Nolan Thornal, Orange; and Laci Jones and Loren Wilkerson, Vidor.

Featured in the Lamar Dance Company are Tonya Baker, Jerrika Bernard, Courtney King, Christina Pileggi and Kristen Still, all of Beaumont; Crystal Boutte, Tamera Evans, Brandi Oles and Leonard Price, Houston; Natalie Griffith, Johnson's Bayou, La.; Brittany Brandenberger, New River, Ariz.; Anna Wueller, Port Arthur; Clare Connally and Amber Quebedeaux, Port Neches; and Chris Bell, San Antonio.

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