ETSU fall show to raise funds for European concert tour

From Staff Reports

   JOHNSON CITY -- East Tennessee State University's popular male vocal ensemble named "TenBucsWorth" and the ETSU Chorale will present the "Big Fall Show" on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 1-2, at 8 p.m. in the D.P. Culp University Center's Martha Street Culp Auditorium.
   The purpose of the annual concert is to raise funds to help members of the ETSU Chorale with their next European concert tour, planned for spring 2004.
   TenBucsWorth, organized in 1989 by ETSU Chorale Director, Dr. Tom Jenrette, specializes in acappella music for male voices, including '50s doo-wop, traditional folk songs, and current popular music.
   Invitations for performances have taken the chorale to the National Seminar of Intercollegiate Male Choruses, the Southern Division Convention of the American Choral Directors Association, conventions of the Tennessee Music Educators Association, and two performances at the White House in Washington, D.C.
   In addition, the chorale has performed on recent tours of Europe, South America and the Caribbean. They were also featured at the 1996 Canticum Novum Festival in Caracas, Venezuela.
   All members of the group are undergraduate students at ETSU - approximately half are music majors and the rest represent various other academic departments of the university. Their first recently completed CD will be available at this year's "Big Fall Show."
   "TenBucsWorth" will open each half of the concert with hit songs by the Beatles, the Nylons, Van Morrison and the Eagles, including "In My Life," "Kiss Him Goodbye," "Brown-Eyed Girl" and "Witchy Woman." Members of the group are Clay Bailey, Lane Blevins and Zach Marshall of Bristol; Brandon Bedingfield, Kingsport; Josh Doebler and Eddie Herbert, Johnson City; Ricky Hilton, Elizabethton; Tyler Jones, Greeneville; Drew Shockley, Knoxville; and Russell Thompson, Piney Flats. Their accompanist is Robert Jeter of Elizabethton.
   Another featured performance that includes ETSU Chorale members will be given by the ETSU Chorale Bluegrass Ensemble, which has become an audience favorite over the past few years. They will play several notable bluegrass numbers. Members are Daniel Boner of Bridgeton, N.J., on guitar and mandolin; Jess Helton, of Rogersville, on banjo, and Hunter Graybeal, of Bristol, on upright bass.
   Performing memorable songs from the hit Broadway musicals "Carousel," "Funny Girl" and "A Chorus Line" will be Jones, Andrea Childress, Jacob Cook and Jennifer Pierce, Elizabethton; Sara Brimer, Greeneville; Mary Blair, Kathryn Carr and Candra Savage, Johnson City; and John Mark Woodard, Kingsport.
   The ETSU Chorale and soloists will end the show with a selection of upbeat spirituals, including "My Soul's Been Anchored in the Lord," "Sinner Man" and "A City Called Heaven." Featured soloists will be LaTonya Bragg, of Chattanooga, and Marshall. The accompanist for the Chorale is Ann Jones.
   Admission is $10 per person. Tickets for both performances may be obtained from any member of the Chorale or by calling the ETSU department of music at (423) 439-6949 or 439-4270.