Sounds of Good News is ‘Jazzin’ It Up’ in September

Dianna and Carl Cole Of Sounds of Good News Productions present their annual fall concert at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 23, at Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center, 415 N. Church St. Photo provided

From press release

Carl and Dianna Cole of Sounds Of Good News (SOGN) Productions are “Jazzin’ It Up” with their annual fall concert at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 23 (the first day of autumn) at Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center, 415 N. Church St., Rockford.

Donations will benefit the “Young Eagles Success” (YES) Club anti-drug, alcohol, violence and crime vision of character development for kids. This event will also introduce the Winnebago County Health Department (WCHD) “Violence Enders” Initiative with Kennedy Middle School and SOGN media specialist and adviser, James Ambruoso.

You don’t want to miss this inspirational, educational evening of “favorites” jazz music featuring Dorothy Paige-Turner, Jodi Beach, “Living Legend” Julian Swain, Angie Fellows and her “Senior Follies” stars, Dr. Kris Tumilowicz, Ken Stein, Auburn High CAPA student saxophonist Evon Sams and more.

The extravaganza will include a “swing-along” sing-along of autumn and September songs as well as a special tribute to Charlotte Hackin for her life and legacy of community service in the arts.

Hackin is well known in the community for her contributions in various venues. She attended the Art Institute in Chicago as well as DePaul University. She served for six years as a Rockford Park District commissioner and was on the boards of Crusader Clinic and Camaraderie Arts. She belongs to the Kiwanis Club and the League of Women Voters. She is a recipient of the YWCA Blanche Ellis Starr Award for women of achievement in the arts, having both exhibited and taught art in various locations. In 2009, Hackin wrote a self-help book, Stay Young to 100, available at

This musicale is co-sponsored by SOGN Productions and St. Paul Lutheran Church for their “Inspiring Communities” collaborative. For more information, call Dianna Cole at (815) 519-7071, e-mail, or visit

From the Sept. 22-28, 2010 issue

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