(Lamar press release)
The Cardinal Singers will delight audiences with jazz classics and popular ’50s hits that are guaranteed to get toes tapping when they take the stage for the Lamarissimo! concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 25, in the Julie Rogers Theatre.
“We start with old-school jazz that everyone knows and loves, such as ‘Moon River,’ ‘Stormy Weather,’ and ‘At Last,’ and then move into fun novelty tunes from the 1950s, like ‘I Only Have Eyes For You’ and ‘Beauty School Dropout,’” said Lynnda Castolenia, director of the Cardinal Singers. “Our last act represents the Olympics, featuring a children’s choir that represents the different elementary schools in our area. We hope everyone will come out and enjoy good music and a good time.”
The Cardinal Singers show choir is a select group of talented vocalists. There are 10 members in the Cardinal Singers this year, including Jared Hall, Geralyn Harper, Stephanie Messina, Rosalene Mitchell and Reuben Prevost, all from Beaumont; Othello Edwards and Chalay Moore, from Dallas; Sarah Jackson, Lufkin; Angelica Johnson, Houston; and Keenen Kelley, Peoria, Ill.
“The Cardinal Singers have worked long hours improving their sound,” said Castolenia. “They enjoy the type of music we are singing, and they loved working with and mentoring the children’s choir we assembled for the show.”
The children’s choir will perform “Power of the Dream” with the Cardinal Singers, and will dance to “I Believe/J’Imagine” while the Cardinal Singers perform.
When Castolenia was planning the show, she came across the song “I Believe/ J’Imagine,” which was performed at the closing ceremony of the 2010 winter Olympics, and knew she had to include it as one of the selections.
“We wanted to use children to show the power of the dream,” said Castolenia. “Our wonderful Lamar students are the future, just as these younger children are. I wanted to show that in the performance.”
The show will close with “Lamar Loyalty,” the alma mater arranged by L. Randolph Babin, former choral director and music department chair.
“As a graduate of the music department, it means so much to me to work with the Cardinal Singers,” Castolenia explained. “It’s like coming home. I am so proud to show our community and beyond how talented our students are.”
The Lamarissimo! Concert Series is presented by the Lamar University Mary Morgan Moore Department of Music. The Cardinal Singers and Cardinal Dancers concert is sponsored by Entergy Texas.
The Julie Rogers Theatre is at 765 Pearl St. in downtown Beaumont. The concert is open to Lamarissimo! season ticket-holders as part of the five-performance package. Individual tickets are $18 for adults and $1? for students andwill be available in the theatre box office beginning at 6:45 p.m. before the performance. Admission is free to students of Lamar University with a valid LU identification.
Additional information about the concert or the upcoming season is available from the Department of Music, phone (409) 880-8144.