GLENN MILLER ORCHESTRA

Masters of Soul

Saturday
April 30, 2022
8:00 pm

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The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra

…The Miller Sound Lives Forever!

The first Glenn Miller Orchestra did not make it at all. It was a total and absolute economic failure. But Glenn knew what he wanted, held to that dedication and relentlessly worked to succeed. He launched his second band – the one that lives on today – in March of 1938. The Glenn Miller Orchestra has been a “hit” ever since. The legendary Glenn Miller was one of the most successful of all dance bandleaders back in the Swing Era of the 1930’s and 40’s. A matchless string of hit records, the constant impact of radio broadcasts and the drawing power at theatres, hotels and dance pavilion, built and sustained the momentum of popularity.

Glenn disbanded his musical organization in 1942 at the height of its popularity to volunteer for the Army. There, he organized and led the famous Glenn Miller Army Air Force Band. It went to Europe to entertain servicemen performing numerous live and radio shows. On December 15, 1944, Major Miller took off in a single engine plane from Europe to precede his band to France, disappearing over the English Channel, never to be seen again. The army declared him officially dead a year later.

With the release of the major motion movie The Glenn Miller Story featuring Jimmy Stewart and June Allyson in 1954, interest and popular demand led the Miller Estate to authorize the formation of the present Glenn Miller Orchestra. On June 6, 1956, and under the direction of drummer Ray McKinley who had become the unofficial leader of the Army Air Force Band after Glenn’s disappearance, the reformed Glenn Miller Orchestra performed its first concert and has been on the road ever since. Other leaders have followed Ray including clarinetists Buddy DeFranco and Peanuts Hucko, trombonists Buddy Morrow, Jimmy Henderson, Larry O’Brien and Gary Tole, and tenor saxophonist Dick Gerhart. Since January 2012, vocalist Nick Hilscher leads the band.

Today, the 18 member ensemble continues to play many of the original Miller arrangements both from the civilian band and the AAFB libraries. Additionally, it also plays some more modern selections arranged and performed in the Miller style and sound.

Just as it was in Glenn’s day, the Glenn Miller Orchestra today is still the most sought after big band in the world.

GLENN MILLER ORCHESTRA

VINYL RADIO

Masters of Soul

Saturday
April 2, 2022
8:00 pm

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Vinyl Radio

Vinyl Radio comes at you with a wash of vocal power and a righteous regard for the great rock-n-roll music of the 70s. These music city pros combine their considerable talents in an experience that captures the essence of an era when guitars, grooves, and melodies ruled the airwaves! Performing the music of: The Eagles, America, CSN&Y, Bad Company, The Doobie Brothers, Boston, Aerosmith, Styx, Queen, Led Zeppelin, and many, many more!

VINYL RADIO

HURRAH PRESENTS DISNEY

Hurrah Players present a surprise Disney Musical!

Saturday
MARCH 26, 2022
2:00 pm

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$20 Youth, 18 & under – $25 Adult for Reserved Seating

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Hurrah Players presents DISNEY! Stay tuned for the show reveal!

HURRAH PRESENTS DISNEY

CHATHAM COUNTY LINE

Masters of Soul

Saturday
March 12, 2022
8:00 pm

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Chatham County Line

Come 2020, Chatham County Line will have been a staple of the North Carolina music scene for two decades. Embracing an all acoustic instrumentation and the modern songwriting of leader Dave Wilson the band has graced stages all across the U.S. as well as mainland Europe, Scandinavia, Ireland and the United Kingdom. With seven studio albums of original material to pull from, CCL has a sound all their own and a stage show to match. Songwriter, guitarist and vocalist Dave Wilson pulls tunes out of an ether that is inspired by a shelf bending collection of vinyl records from the 20’s to the 20’s. One listen to their all covers release “Sharing the Covers” [Yep Roc Records 2019] will give you an idea of those inspirations, with songs from the likes of Wilco and Beck shared with those of John Lennon, Tom Petty and John Hartford.

With the recent retirement of founding member Chandler Holt (banjo), the band decided to push their sound a little bit more into the modern world and embrace the use of drums onstage. “We’ve had drums on several albums, most notably Wildwood, and our audience always responded well to those tunes” says Dave Wilson. John Teer who rotates from Mandolin to Fiddle all while singing soaring harmony adds “We’ve done an Electric Holiday Tour for the past 12 years that features an expanded group of musicians on the stage so we’re no stranger to a backbeat.”

With the release of 2020’s Strange Fascination on YepRoc Records, look for the core of CCL; Dave Wilson, John Teer, and Greg Readling [Bass, Pedal Steel] as well as a rotating cadre of drummers to keep traveling the highways, byways and airways to share their special canon of songs with the world.

CHATHAM COUNTY LINE

THE DRIFTERS

The Drifters

Saturday
October 2, 2021
8:00 pm

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The Drifters

The Drifters, one of Rock & Roll’s founding vocal groups, are the second most successful recording artist of all time, according to Billboard Magazine. Through a historical journey, which included no less than 5 legendary lead singers, including Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Clyde McPhatter and Ben E. King the group’s ongoing story has covered the entire spectrum of Rock & Roll.

They were the first musical group to sell 2 million records with their pop classic, “Up On The Roof”. They were the first African American vocal group to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Along with fellow inductees the Rolling Stones, the Beatles, Bob Dylan and the Supremes, the Drifters were in the first class of Rock & Roll legends to be initiated into the Hall of Fame. Their classic tune “Under The Boardwalk” is the most played R & B record of all time. 20 other million sellers followed.

The Drifters had 17 Top 40 songs, with 5 Top 10’s (In Billboard Top 100) including:
• Up on the Roof
• Under the Boardwalk
• This Magic Moment
• There Goes My Baby
• Dance with Me
• Spanish Harlem
• Stand by Me
• On Broadway … The list of hits goes on and on!

THE DRIFTERS

CHOWAN UNIVERSITY CHOIR

Chown University Choir

Sunday
April 24, 2022
3:30 pm

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Chowan University Choir

The Chowan University Singers and Men’s Chorus, the premier touring choral ensembles of Chowan University, combined with the Chowan Community Chorus, will present a special concert at the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts. This classical choral concert will feature the Requiem of Gabriel Fauré.  The Chowan Singers and Community Chorus will perform this classic choral masterwork. Additionally, the Chowan Singers and Men’s Chorus will sing works ranging in style from classical a cappella music to contemporary gospel, including choral standards by Felix Mendelssohn, Thomas Tallis, and Alice Parker.

Chowan Singers is a select ensemble that consists of 18 students, about half of whom are music majors. Chowan Singers has presented numerous concerts throughout North Carolina and the mid-Atlantic region. In addition, the group has traveled in recent years to perform in Ireland, Italy, and New York City.

Chowan Singers, Men’s Chorus, and Community Chorus are under the direction of Dr. Benjamin Thorburn, Director of Choral Activities and Associate Professor of Music at Chowan University. Dr. Thorburn holds degrees from the University of Rochester and Yale University. Paula Pressnell, Artist in Residence at Chowan, is the collaborative pianist for the choirs. Mrs. Pressnell is a cum laude graduate of Salem College, where she was a piano student of Clemens Sandresky.

CHOWAN UNIVERSITY CHOIR

DELLA MAE

Della Mae

Saturday
November 13, 2021
8:00 pm

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McLemore and Sandra Birdsong

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Della Mae

A Nashville-based, all-female string band, has a completely original style – sensitive yet assertive, intense yet playful, steeped in tradition yet undeniably current. Versatile instrumentalists and vocalists, they draw from a bottomless well of roots influences to create vibrant original music that conveys an expansive musical vision. With timeless lyrical truth-telling and an unmistakably contemporary sensibility, they stand alongside such roots-conscious acts as the Avett Brothers, Punch Brothers, the Lumineers, and Hurray for the Riff Raff.

Della Mae were IBMA’s Emerging Artists of the Year in 2013, GRAMMY Nominees in 2014 for their debut album on Rounder Records, named among Rolling Stone’s “10 bands to watch for in 2015,” and have since traveled with the US State Department to over 18 countries spreading peace and understanding through music.

Their mission as a band is to showcase top female musicians and to improve opportunities for women and girls through advocacy, mentorship, programming, and performance.

DELLA MAE

DISNEY’S MOANA, JR. by The Hurrah Players

Hurrah Players present a surprise Disney Musical!

Saturday
OCTOBER 23, 2021
2:00 pm

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Jim & Becky Habel
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Disney’s MOANA JR

The Hurrah Players are once again thrilled to be one of the first companies to perform a new Disney Jr. show onstage with the support of Disney Theatrical Productions. Disney’s Moana JR. is a musical adaptation of the 2016 Disney animated film, bringing the adventures of Moana and her village of Motunui to life onstage. Moana JR. features all the beloved songs from the film, written by Tony®, GRAMMY, Emmy, and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Lin-Manuel Miranda, Opetaia Foa’i, and Mark Mancina, including “How Far I’ll Go,” “Shiny,” and “You’re Welcome.”

This thrilling and heartwarming coming-of-age story follows the strong-willed Moana as she sets sail across the Pacific to save her village and discover the truth about her heritage. Moana and the legendary demigod Maui embark on an epic journey of self-discovery and camaraderie as both learn to harness the power that lies within. With empowering messages of bravery and selflessness, Moana JR. is sure to bring out the hero within each of us.

Celebrating the rich stories of Oceania and based on the beliefs and cultures of the people of the Pacific Islands, Moana was developed in collaboration with an Oceanic Trust – a group of anthropologists, cultural practitioners, historians, linguists, and choreographers from the Pacific Islands. The same respect and attention to detail used to develop the film was carried forward in the creation of this stage adaptation and our director and choreographer has worked to study Polynesian storytelling culture to bring to this production.

DISNEY’S MOANA, JR. by The Hurrah Players

JIM NEWSOM & THE CLOUDLESS SKY

Saturday
October 30, 2021
6:30 pm

Ticket Prices:
$17 Cabaret-Style Seating

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The Cloudless Sky
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Jim Newsom and the Cloudless Sky

Jim Newsom is an award-winning singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist who is well known and highly regarded throughout southeastern Virginia. His new band is called Jim Newsom and the Cloudless Sky, featuring Gail Keller Smith on keyboards and harmony vocals, and Rick Jebavy on drums. The band’s concert repertoire draws primarily from Jim’s catalog of original songs, in particular, material from his three CDs released over the last four years.

Born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Jim grew up in Suffolk, Virginia, graduating from Suffolk High School and Virginia Tech. He’s been a popular musician regionally since the mid-1970s. He is also a highly regarded music writer and critic whose work has been published in the All Music Guide, PortFolio Weekly, and VEER Magazine among many print and online publications. He is well known throughout the area as a popular television personality, having hosted programs on the local PBS and NPR affiliates for thirty-five years.

He first played music as a youngster after picking up the basics from his sister’s piano lesson books. He subsequently drove his parents crazy banging out rock and roll on the family’s living room piano. In high school, he bought a flute for $25.00 from a girlfriend in the marching band and taught himself to play by listening to the recordings of Herbie Mann and Jethro Tull. He learned guitar from a Bob Dylan songbook.

In recent years, Jim has performed at major regional festivals including Norfolk’s Harborfest, Chesapeake Jubilee, Stockley Gardens Arts Festival, Seawall Art Show, Chelsea Summer Solstice Festival, the ETC Festival, and the Norfolk Folk Festival. He has headlined special events like the Norfolk Harbor Party, Cultural Alliance Brew at the Zoo, D’Art Affair and Taste of Chesapeake; played concerts at the Naro Theatre, the American Theatre, Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts, the Pretlow and Slover Libraries in Norfolk, the Hampton History Museum and the Virginia Beach Central Library. He regularly performs in restaurants and coffeehouses, craft breweries and art centers, and at corporate conventions and private functions throughout southeastern Virginia from Suffolk to the Eastern Shore. He’s also been featured on regional television and radio programs such as Out of the Box, Hunter at Sunrise, Acoustic Highway, the Hampton Roads Show, Coast Live and Norfolk Perspectives.

JIM NEWSOM & THE CLOUDLESS SKY

MASTERS OF SOUL

Masters of Soul

Saturday
February 5, 2022
8:00 pm

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Masters of Soul

Don’t miss your chance to step back in time and feel the magic when Masters of Soul (formerly Masters of Motown) returns to Suffolk Center. Masters of Soul is a celebration of the legendary songs and performers that defined Motown and soul music. The 90-minute show features stylishly costumed fully choreographed performances of both male and female groups backed by a live band.

Masters of Soul is a celebration of the legendary songs and performers that defined Motown and soul music. This 90-minute show features stylishly costumed, fully choreographed performances of both male and female groups backed by a live band. For many, Masters of Soul is the ultimate stroll down memory lane. For younger generations, the show offers an opportunity to experience an era in our country’s history that produced many of the greatest music acts ever recorded.

Based in Virginia Beach, Virginia, the 10-person cast consists of three lead male vocalists and three lead female vocalists backed by a four-piece band of seasoned musicians who’ve been touring together for decades. Masters of Soul has performed to numerous sold-out audiences and garnered rave reviews across the country at venues ranging from community theaters and universities to performing arts venues and concert halls.

Masters of Soul performs:

  • Gladys Knight & The Pips
  • Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
  • Smokey Robinson & the Miracles
  • The Temptations
  • The Four Tops
  • Diana Ross & The Supremes
  • Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
  • Barry White
  • Sam and Dave
  • James Brown – and many more!

Treat yoursel to the incredible harmonies and smooth moves made famous by these legendary artists with a performance by Masters of Soul!

MASTERS OF SOUL