On Tuesday, August 6, at 7:00 pm, fans of jazz vocalists will thrill to the sounds of the Peninsula College Vocal Jazz Ensemble’s Summer Solo Concert under the direction of PC music instructor Elaine Gardner-Morales. The concert will also feature special guest artists Jazz Chanteuse Julie Mondanaro and Pianist David Williams of Dallas, TX. The free performance will be in the Little Theater.
Peninsula College performers include Gabe Bagno, Bunny Corwell, Tara Dupont, Rachel Heath, Brandi Larson, Tyler Napiontek, Theresa Pierce, Judith Sinclair and Marissa Willson singing such well-known and beloved hits as “Mack The Knife”, “Orange Colored Skies”, “St Louis Blues”, “Stormy Monday”, “Take Love Easy”, “You’ve Got To Hurt Before You Heal”, “Fly Me To the Moon”, “Fever” and “Choo Choo Ch Boogie”.
The concert is preceded by a special vocal clinic for ensemble members by Mondanaro and Williams on Monday, August 5. Community members are invited to sit in on the clinic and listen and observe as the two guest artists critique the Peninsula College Vocal Jazz Ensemble. This event begins at 7:00 pm in Maier Performance Hall and is free to the public based on seat availability.
Both Mondanaro and Williams have performed widely throughout the Dallas area and across the country. A fluent French speaker, Mondanaro is especially well known for her performance of musical theater and Jazz in French. She will be performing several pieces in French, including, “Il Ne Faut Pas Briser Un Reve.” Williams has an impressive list of credits as a trumpet and piano performer as well as being a professor, bandleader and director of numerous musical groups.
Band members for the August 5 and 6 performances are George Lindamood on Piano, Terry Smith on Drums and Clint Thomas on Bass.
Individuals interested in learning more about the Peninsula College Vocal Jazz Ensemble should contact the group’s director Elaine Gardner-Morales at firstname.lastname@example.org.