Nov. 19 Southern Stars Concert to Feature Soloists

The Southern Stars Symphonic Brass, a 30-piece professional instrumental ensemble, will give the second concert of their Crossville Concert Series on Sunday, Nov. 19 at 3pm in the beautiful 1200 seat auditorium of Stone Memorial HS.

This is the 10th anniversary celebration season of providing their unique concert performances which are backed up by their motto of “Premium Entertainment.” Business sponsors for this concert are: Bed & Biscuit Kennel (Season sponsor) and Concert Sponsors Cumberland Eye Care, and Farm Bureau Insurance – Gordon Atchley.

Dwight Wages is the group’s founder, President, Artistic Director and performs in the SSSB as well.

“When people take the initiative to come to our concerts, I hear nothing but praise for the quality & value of our performances,” Wages says. “I am so confident of how our audiences receive our concerts, that I am announcing a money-back guarantee to anyone who feels that our quality of performance did not meet their expectations.”

“Where have you ever had anyone backup their entertainment with a promise such as this?” Wages added. “It is my sincere hope that folks who have never been to our concerts, make the time to invest in tickets for this concert and take the challenge to see and hear for themselves why people keep returning and remark what a gem the SSSB are and why we deserve the support of the community.”

This concert is themed BRASS POPS, and will include a wide variety of music styles and genres that will include patriotic, marches, light classical, a medley of WW2 songs, a movie soundtrack theme, and the band’s three feature soloists.

Ten-year-old Kyra Crosby (of Cookeville) will be singing “Let it Go,” the hit song from “Frozen” the 2013 Walt Disney animation hit. Kyra has performed at The Cumberland County Playhouse and was featured at the FGRS “Golden Age of Broadway” concerts last August.

Tennessee Tech University School of Music jazz professor, Chris McCormick will provide his cool improvisations on a flugelhorn solo of the jazz ballad “Laura.”

Dr. Raquel Rodriquez, Tennessee Tech University School of Music associate professor of the trumpet studio and principal solo cornet with the SSSB, will demonstrate her outstanding cornet mastery in her performance of the aptly named “Whirlwind Polka,” which is full of fast triple tonguing and pyrotechnics. Read more about Dr. Rodriquez here: https://www.tntech.edu/fine-arts/music/faculty/brass/rodriquez/

In honor of the proximity of this concert to Veterans Day, the SSSB will perform “Hymn to the Fallen” from the classic Tom Hanks movie “Saving Private Ryan” and the WW2 medley of songs of that era, “Bless Em’ All.”

Other selections are: “Sandpaper Ballet” featuring our percussion section on various grits of sandpaper for this unique Leroy Anderson classic; the Latin-flavored “Tico, Tico,” “Simple Gifts,” and the marches “Washington Post” and “Klaxon.”

Finally, the Southern Stars will treat the audience to the performance of “Year of the Dragon” which is an example of the difficult compositions used in International Brass Band Championships to showcase high-quality ensembles.

Tickets for the concert are available at the following locations: 1) Cumberland Eye Care in Fairfield Glade, 2) First National Bank of TN branches in Fairfield Glade and Crossville, and 3) at Bed & Biscuit Kennel off of Peavine Rd.

Short Season tickets for the Nov. 19 and March 4 concerts are a bargain at $35 and offer exchange privileges. Single ticket prices are $22 for Adults and $5 for Students.

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