Duo performs at fundraiser for Summit Music and Arts
If you go
What: “An Evening with the Boys,” a fundraiser for Summit Music and Arts
When: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15
Where: Private residence
Cost: $25, includes wine and dessert
More information: 1920s or 1930s dress suggested but not required. Get tickets at http://www.summitmusicandarts.org or by calling (970) 485-2916; seating is limited
This Summit Music and Arts house concert fundraiser on Wednesday, Oct. 15, at 7 p.m. features entertainer and storyteller Jerry Brown with Summit Music and Arts artist in residence and pianist Len Rhodes performing the works of three outstanding songwriters, Irving Berlin, Cole Porter and George Gershwin.
Show business was THE business for these three songwriters, and the audience will get to know them better during this performance — all incredibly successful, yet each suffered tragic circumstances. They created music that even to this day affects our lives and emotions. It’s not just the music, but the stories of these three songwriters that make this evening special.
Pianist, organist, composer, arranger, teacher, judge, clinician, artistic director and artist in residence Rhodes received diplomas from the Royal Academy of Music and the London College of Music, with continuing studies in composition at the University of London. He is credited as original music director and arranger for the 2013-14 Broadway run of “A Night with Janis Joplin.” As musical director, arranger and pianist/keyboardist for the Las Vegas MGM Grand’s Hollywood Theatre 2012 production of “Mike Tyson — The Undisputed Truth,” he performed live on stage with Tyson.
Rhodes’ compositions, arrangements and commissions include BBC Radio, Trinity College London, Kennedy Center, Calgary Stage West and the Virginia Shakespeare Festival. Performance and concert schedules included the Edinburgh International Festival, Cathedral of St. Sulpice, Paris and London’s Banqueting House for members of the royal family. Affiliations include the Incorporated Society of Musicians (U.K.), ASCAP, The Royal College of Organists and the American Guild of Organists.
Brown has been a professional singer, musician, artist and entertainer for more than five decades, originally training in California.
His career credits include writing, acting, directing, production, recording, TV and radio. A resident of Colorado Springs, he has performed at the Broadmoor Hotel, the Pikes Peak Center, the Fine Arts Center and the Garden of the Gods Club.
He has recorded at Capital Records with the Air Force Falconaires Band (the Serenade in Blue Series) and for ABC Paramount. “Under Western Skies” is one of his many CD releases. As director-manager of the Bridge Theatre, he participated in part of a unique educational program that motivated troubled youth to learn high school academics by using theatre techniques. Brown is a member of ASCAP, the Pikes Peak Musician Association and the Pikes Peak Jazz and Swing Society.
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