Join Charlotte’s Web for the Performing Arts for a sophisticated evening with class featuring Rockford’s favorite jazz vocalist Dorothy Paige-Turner and The Joel Ross Quartet at 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 4, at Mendelssohn Hall, 406 N. Main St., Rockford.
Paige-Turner’s performing career spans more than 30 years in the Rockford area and beyond as a vocalist in the jazz idiom, musical theater, symphonies, concert bands and jazz ensembles. Paige-Turner is a retired elementary music educator from the Rockford Public Schools, where she taught for 34 years. She performs with The Joel Ross Quartet. They are five-time Rockford Area Music Industry (RAMI) award winners in the Best Traditional Jazz category, winners of the Best Album in 2000, and were inducted into the RAMI Hall of Fame in 2002. Dorothy has also received RAMI’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
The Joel Ross Quartet features Joel Ross, pianist/musical director, co-owner of Randee’s Music Center, and director of the world-renowned and award-winning Kantorei — Singing Boys of Rockford, for which he also composes and arranges choral music.
Joel is well known for his superb musicianship in classical and jazz idioms. Guy Fiorenza, bass, is a retired audio-visual teacher from Rock Valley College. He has played in and outside of the Rockford area for many years with many of his legendary musical colleagues. He is in demand as a bassist because of his outstanding skills and talent. Ken Stein, on reeds, teaches at Rock Valley College in addition to teaching privately. As a legendary musician, he conducts the Rock Valley Community Jazz Ensemble and performs with many bands and ensembles throughout the area. Ken plays flute, clarinet and saxes with incomparable expertise. Ed Bogdonas, drums/percussion, has gained a great deal of experience in his more than 30 years of working with a variety of bands both locally and regionally. His smooth drum style lends itself well to everything from jazz to rock.
In honor and celebration of National Poetry Month, three local finalists from this year’s national competition Poetry Outloud were chosen to read two poems each to open the show.
Also featured will be food from amazing Rockford favorite Altamore’s Ristorante. The buffet-style dinner will include a Rockford original: ciambella, a specialty unique to Altamore’s, described as a giant donut-shaped bread stuffed with yummy sausage and cheese and other good stuff, then cut into wedges; chicken/pesto pizza; farafelle (bowtie pasta) with Altamore’s famous vodka sauce; and a green salad.
Dinner is at 6 p.m. ($20 per person). Dinner reservations are requested by Wednesday, April 2. Concert is at 7:30 p.m. ($20 per adult; $10 per student). Tickets are available at the Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center Office, 406 N. Main St.; by calling (815) 964-9713; by visiting www.mendelssohnpac.org; or at the door of the concert.
From the April 2-8, 2014