DECORAH, Iowa- Emily Bush, daughter of Bryan and Lori Bush of Cleghorn, has been selected to sing soprano with the Celebration Iowa Singers and Jazz Band, a select high school touring ensemble that will perform more than 30 shows across the state of Iowa this summer.
Bush, a student at Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn, was selected from a pool of Iowa high school music students who auditioned at four locations across the state this March.
Now in its 20th season, Celebration Iowa showcases the quality of Iowa high school music programs through its educational and service-oriented summer performance opportunity.
Together with a talented staff of teachers and professionals, students in Celebration Iowa present an action-packed two-hour production that includes song, dance and jazz band favorites for audiences of all ages to enjoy
Celebration Iowa's 2009 show, created by Co-Artistic Directors, Tim J. Mitchell and Lisa Roberson, will open with a memorable 'America Off to War' set, featuring "Chattanooga Choo Choo", "Rosie the Riveter", "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy", followed by excerpts from the hit musical, "Newsies"* Some of the selections being performed are"Carrying'tIi~e Banner", "King Of New York" and "Seize the Day". The show will conclude with an entertaining 'One Hit Wonders' set, some of the songs featured are, "Gloria", "Turn the Beat Around" and "Macarena".
The Celebration Iowa Jazz Band, under the direction of Kevin N. Brown, will once again perform an eclectic mix and fun jazz literature from many styles and eras. The group performs classic swing charts from Count Basie and Duke Ellington, as well as more modern big band charts from the likes of Charles Mingus and Dizzy Gillespie. They also perform original songs and arrangements from some of today's newest composers ,as well as original arrangements written just for this group. Popular selections from last year include: "Salt Peanuts", "Anything Goes", "Four" and "In the Mood".
Over the course of the summer, Celebration Iowa cast members have the opportunity to perform more than 30 shows in all corners of the state while learning from Iowa's finest teachers.
Celebration Iowa, a project of Luther College in Decorah, Iowa is also funded by R.J. McElroy Trust, The Fred Maytag Family Foundation, Alliant Energy Foundation, Inc., and the Celebration Iowa Alumni and Parent Fund. Each cast member also secures local sponsorships to defray personal costs.
The ensemble rehearses on the Luther College campus June 7-26 and will tour statewide June 27- August 8.
The group will be in Northwest Iowa over the July 4th weekend, performing in Sheldon on the evening of July 3, and on July 4, they will be performing at 1 p.m. in Storm Lake at the Star Spangled Spectacular.
Questions regarding Celebration Iowa should be directed to Clark Goltz, Program Director or Mary Weis, Administrative Assistant, by calling 563-387-1009 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Information can also be found on the website: www.celebrationiowa.luther.edu.