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Bush selected for 2010 Celebration Iowa Singers

Monday, June 28, 2010

Group to perform in Storm Lake on July 4

Emily Bush, daughter of Bryan and Lori Bush of Cleghorn, has been selected to sing first 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.

The group will be performing in northwest Iowa, beginning with a 7:30 p.m. performance at the Orange City Park on Tuesday, June 29; a 7 p.m. performance in Sheldon's Village Northwest Campus on Friday, July 2; and a 3:30 p.m. performance in Storm Lake's Sunset Park Bandshell on July 4.

Bush was selected for the traveling tour from a pool of Iowa high school music students who auditioned at four locations across the state in March.

Together with a talented staff of teachers and professionals, students in Celebration Iowa present an action-packed two-hour production that includes song and dance, and jazz band favorites for audiences of all ages to enjoy.

Now in its 28th season, Celebration Iowa's 2010 show opens with "The Brothers Gershwin," a memorable tribute to American songwriters George and Ira Gershwin. Featured compositions include "Strike Up the Band," "Fascinating Rhythm" and "Shall We Dance."

The second act, titled "Legacy: Elvis 75!", is a rock and roll tribute to Elvis Presley who would have turned 75 in 2010. Classic selections to be performed include "You Ain't Nothin' But A Hound Dog," "Jailhouse Rock" and "Love Me Tender."

The show will conclude with a Latin-influenced set arranged by Kevin N. Brown, Celebration Iowa band director, specifically for Celebration Iowa. "Ritmo Caliente" is a celebration of Latin influence on American pop music featuring such hits as "Rhythm of the Night," "Caravan," "Oye Como Va" and "Get On Your Feet."

The Celebration Iowa Jazz Band will perform an eclectic repertoire of jazz from many styles and eras. The group performs classic swing charts, more modern big band charts, plus original songs and arrangements from some of today's newest composers written specifically for the group.

Popular selections from last year include "April in Paris" by Vernon Duke, "Boogie Stop Shuffle" by Charles Mingus and "Such Sweet Thunder" by Duke Ellington.

Celebration Iowa cast members are offered the opportunity to perform more than 30 shows all over Iowa and beyond, while learning from some of Iowa's finest teachers. Each year cast members agree that their experience with Celebration Iowa is truly "the summer of a lifetime."

The 2010 staff includes Kevin Brown, band director and arranger; Jason Rausch, choral director; Lisa Roberson, creative consultant; Erin Taylor, choreographer; David Decker, choreographer; Kristin Olson, costumer; and Michelle and Duane Philgreen, choreography and arranging; and other music and performance professionals.

Celebration Iowa, a project of Luther College in Decorah, is also funded by R.J. McElroy Trust and The Fred Maytag Family Foundation, 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 6-25 and tours statewide June 26-August 7. Questions regarding Celebration Iowa should be directed to Benji Nichols, program director, or Mary Weis, administrative assistant, by calling (563) 387-1009 or e-mailing celebrationiowa@luther.edu. Information can also be found on the website at www.luther.edu/celebrationiowa/.

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