From the Fab Four to the Stones, the British are coming to take over the music scene again for one night only at Missouri Southern.
The 18-piece Kansas City Jazz Orchestra will present a “British Invasion” concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26, in Taylor Performing Arts Center.
Under the direction of Clint Ashlock, the orchestra will perform selections that include “Norwegian Wood,” “Nowhere Man,” and “Blackbird” by the Beatles; “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” and “Paint it Black” by the Rolling Stones; and “Baba O’Riley” by The Who. The orchestra will be joined by vocalists David Basse and Jessica Paige, who will help bring the sounds of the ‘60s to life.
“The British bands combined American blues and rock and roll to create an antithetical sound to the singles-oriented pop music of the ‘50s,” Ashlock says. “Bands like the Beatles, the Hollies and The Who erupted on the scene and changed the musical landscape permanently.”
The concert marks the kickoff for the Great Britain Semester at Missouri Southern.
“Rolling Stone magazine once said that the 1960s belonged to Britain and that Britannia ruled the airwaves,” says Dr. Chad Stebbins, director of the Institute of International Studies. “We couldn’t think of a better way to kick off the Great Britain Semester than by bringing in the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra to play these perennial fan favorites. I think everyone will enjoy being taken back to the ‘60s for one very special evening.”
Through concert performances and educational endeavors, the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra strives to preserve the rich heritage of jazz, nurture its growth, and encourage the appreciation of America’s classical music as a viable art form. The concert at Missouri Southern is one of its rare appearances away from Kauffman Center’s 1,600-seat Helzberg Hall, where the KCJO regularly performs.
Admission is free and open to the public. For a full schedule of Great Britain Semester events, visit http://mssu.edu/academics/international-studies/themed-semester/.