March 2013

The Four Freshmen:BRING HARMONIES, BIG BAND SOUND TO THE ARTS CENTER

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The Four Freshmen have made a timeless mark in the music world with jazz and pop harmonies that blend to create their synchronized trademark sound. This forever-young group is coming to the Arts Center for a one-night, two-show engagement on Saturday, March 16 at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Joining forces in 1948, The Four Freshmen were discovered by the great progressive jazz bandleader-pianist-composer Stan Kenton, during a performance in 1950. Kenton was responsible for bringing the Freshmen to Capitol Records where they recorded 23 albums, taking them into the national spotlight. During their tenure, the Four Freshmen have recorded over 75 albums, an overwhelming 70 top-selling singles, and six impressive Grammy nominations. They have been inspiration to the likes of The Beach Boys, Kenny Rogers, The Mamas & The Papas, Frankie Valli, Manhattan Transfer, and countless others.

In 2000, The Four Freshmen were voted Vocal Group of the Year by Downbeat magazine readers, underscoring that their sound has endured, staying current with a continuous infusion of creativity, due, in part, to the changing talents that have composed to inspire their music. Although the faces have changed through the years, the integrity of the sound created by the original members has been meticulously maintained by its current lineup: Bob Ferreira, Brian Eichenberger, Curtis Calderon, and Vince Johnson.

While continuing the time-honored heritage of the group by performing songs such as “It’s a Blue World Without You,” and “How Can I Tell Her,” they have introduced new arrangements of some of their personal favorites such as “Stardust,” “Something’s Gotta Give,” “Graduation Day,” and “Route 66,” among many others. Fans can trust that the current line-up comes as close as any edition in its history, and many a critic has raved that today’s group, who have performed together for 12 years, is more precise in vocal unity and instrumental flare than ever.

“We are so excited to bring the Four Freshmen to the Arts Center as a bonus offering to our regularly scheduled season,” said Kathleen P. Bateson, Arts Center CEO and president. “Several patrons of ours requested this group, and we’re pleased to bring them here for this special one-night only, two-show presentation.

The Four Freshmen recently released Love Songs, ten brand new arrangements of their favorite classic love songs. This recording brings together the beauty of their vocal harmony with songs from iconic songwriters and is rounded out by lush strings and a top-notch rhythm section.

Tickets for the benefit concert on March 16 are $50, which includes champagne. For reservations, call (843) 842-ARTS or purchase online at artshhi.com. Group tickets are available for parties of 10 of more, at a rate of $46/ticket, plus two complimentary tickets (available by calling the box office).

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