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April 23, 2013

Cardinal Singers look to deliver good music, great times

BEAUMONT — The Cardinal Singers will delight audiences with jazz classics and popular ’50s hits that are guaranteed to get toes tapping when they take the stage for the Lamarissimo! concert at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 25, in the Julie Rogers Theatre.

“We start with old-school jazz that everyone knows and loves, such as ‘Moon River,’ ‘Stormy Weather,’ and ‘At Last,’ and then move into fun novelty tunes from the 1950s, like ‘I Only Have Eyes For You’ and ‘Beauty School Dropout,’” said Lynnda Castolenia, director of the Cardinal Singers. “Our last act represents the Olympics, featuring a children’s choir that represents the different elementary schools in our area. We hope everyone will come out and enjoy good music and a good time.”

The Cardinal Singers show choir is a select group of talented vocalists. There are 10 members in the Cardinal Singers this year, including Dylan Hall, Geralyn Harper, Stephanie Messina, Rosalene Mitchell and Reuben Prevost, all from Beaumont; Othello Edwards and Chalay Moore, from Dallas; Sarah Jackson, Lufkin; Angelica Johnson, Houston; and Keenen Kelley, Peoria, Ill.

The show will close with “Lamar Loyalty,” the alma mater arranged by L. Randolph Babin, former choral director and music department chair.

The Julie Rogers Theatre is at 765 Pearl St. in downtown Beaumont. The concert is open to Lamarissimo! season ticket-holders as part of the five-performance package. Individual tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for students and will be available in the theatre box office beginning at 6:45 p.m. before the performance. Admission is free to students of Lamar University with a valid LU identification.

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