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Posting Date: June 27, 2011



Dueling jazz pianists to take the stage at Kennesaw State concert

Debbie Reynolds' music director, Grammy winner will perform

For media inquiries: Cheryl Anderson Brown, Director of Public Relations,
770-499-3417 or cbrown@kennesaw.edu

 

Joey Singer (left) and Bill Cunliffe

KENNESAW, Ga.— Kennesaw State University will feature jazz pianists Joey Singer and Bill Cunliffe as part of the outdoor Starlight Summer Concert Series on Sunday, July 10 at the Legacy Gazebo Amphitheater at 7:30 p.m. The public is invited to bring blankets, lawn chairs and picnic items to the performance.

Singer and Cunliffe will perform a variety of jazz standards and Broadway show tunes. Each performer will play solo numbers and perform as a duo. The performance will include some dueling piano bits, audience participation and improvisation. “We've not done a show like this in recent years, so it should bring something fresh and fun into the lineup,” says David Daly, director of the Bailey Performance Center and coordinator of the Starlight Series.

Cunliffe is a jazz pianist, composer and arranger widely known for his swinging and lyrical pianism. His first major jazz gig was a pianist and arranger with Buddy Rich, touring Europe with Frank Sinatra. In 2010, Cunliffe won a Grammy for best instrumental arrangement for his "West Side Story Medley," released on the CD, “The Resonance Big Band Pays Tribute to Oscar Peterson.”

Jazz musician and pianist Singer has performed in nightclubs, concert halls, recording studios and on television, including several appearances on “The Tonight Show.” Singer has also served as music director for Debbie Reynolds for 18 years and played and conducted with a host of other celebrities including Johnny Mathis, Henry Mancini, Toni Tenille and Dame Shirley Bassey in her Las Vegas return.

Daly is excited to host these dynamic performers. “I think the way they will play off of one another, as well as their interaction with the audience, will be fun to watch,” he says.

Admission at the Legacy Gazebo Amphitheater opens at 6 p.m. General admission tickets are $8 and table reservations for six are $75. Table reservations must be made at least one week in advance. For more information, including directions and parking, visit Starlight.

 


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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering more than 70 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including new doctorates in education, business and nursing. A member of the 35-unit University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing student population of more than 22,500 from 142 countries.

The KSU College of the Arts is one of only four Georgia institutions to have achieved full national accreditation for all of its arts departments.

 

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