Arts Brief Case: Jan. 13, 2012

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Staff Report

Shelby children’s choir

has 1st practice Saturday

The new Shelby County Community Children's Choir, or simply “SC3,” will test its collective vocal cords for the first time Saturday morning.

Choir organizer and director James Ray Morgan scheduled the choir’s first rehearsal – for children in grades three through seven – for 10-11:30 at First Christian Church in Shelbyville. There will be a parents meeting at 11:30 a.m.

The choir already has a Facebook page and has applied for non-profit organization status. That initial meeting will be just the first every-other-Saturday rehearsal of what Morgan said he hopes will be dozens – as well as performances throughout county and beyond.

Morgan said he is hoping at least 30 youth attend the first day of SC3 singing, which he said will include both sacred and secular songs. “I want to start with at least 30, but, of course, the more we have the better we will sound,” he said.

For more information, visit www.shelbycountyccc.weebly.usor E-mail Morgan at shelbycountyccc@gmail.com.


Branford Marsalis playing in Frankfort

One of contemporary music's most exciting instrumentalists, Branford Marsalis, will perform with his quartet at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Grand Theatre in Frankfort.

Marsalis has established a remarkable career of musical exploration spanning musical genres. He has played saxophone with giants of jazz, hosted the house band for a popular late-night TV talk show, performed with major symphony orchestras, and backed some of pop music's biggest stars.
One of six sons of famed New Orleans jazz pianist Ellis Marsalis Jr., Branford played in various R&B/funk bands in the late 1970s, then went to the prestigious Berklee School of Music in Boston. His brother, famed trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, had gigged with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, and urged Branford to attend a performance.
In the ensuing years, Marsalis has played with some of the most prominent jazz figures, including Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, and Dizzy Gillespie. He also has ventured into popular music, collaborating with Sting, Bruce Hornsby, and the Grateful Dead.

In the early 1990s, he served as the music director for the house band for The Tonight Showwith Jay Leno.
The Grand Theatre is located at308 St. Clair St. Tickets are $55, $65 and $80 and may be purchased online http://www.grandtheatrefrankfort.orgor by contacting the box office (502-352-7469) weekdays between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.


Shakespeare group meeting

The Shelbyville Shakespeare Group meets 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 30 in the Hudson Room of the Shelby County Library. Anyone interested in Shakespeare is invited to attend, and bring a friend.


Family movie at the library

The Shelby County Public Library will show a family movie the first Saturday of the month, beginning Feb. 4 and continuing through April 7. Bring a drink in a spill-proof container, and the library will provide popcorn. Call the library for movie titles, at 633-3803.


Line dancing at the Library

An intermediate/beginner line dancing class will be presented by Bob Devers 5:50-6:50 p.m. through Feb. 8 at the Shelby County Library. Registration is required with a limit of 25. The class is free for adults, 18-years and older. Wear hard soled shoes. No tennis or running shoes.


‘Odd Couple’ at theater

Performance dates for Shelby County Community Theatre’s production of The Odd Couple – Female Version, by Neil Simon, will be Feb. 17-19 and 24-26. The play is directed by Sandy Cohrs. For more information, call 502-633-0222.