Friday, April 17, 2015

Arts Insider Pick of the Week: Symphonic Swing with Five By Design


Five By Design’s signature harmonies have withstood the test of time in a career that stands out on America’s musical landscape, spanning more than twenty years. And though this nationally-acclaimed vocal ensemble has been the choice of symphony orchestras, Five By Design’s creative talents go far beyond their vocal prowess. As the creative talent behind Radio Days, Club Swing,


Stay Tuned and Cool and Swingin’, their productions showcase the group’s penchant for storytelling and the comedic. Whether backed by symphony orchestra or studio big band, Five By Design embraces the unforgettable melodies, lush harmonies, and swinging rhythms that evoke the names of Miller, Mancini and Mercer.

The Minnesota-based Five By Design includes Lorie Carpenter-Niska, Catherine Scott, Kurt Niska, Michael Swedberg, and Terrence Niska. Four of the five have been singing together since 1986. The group’s familial ties include brothers Terrence and Kurt Niska and the husband-wife duo of Kurt and Lorie Niska and childhood collaborator, Michael Swedberg.

Radio Days, Five By Design’s flagship production, debuted in the 1980’s as a patriotic tribute to the
“golden age of radio,” commemorating the 50th anniversary of World War II. Nearly two decades later, Radio Days still receives great reviews. The Washington Post heralded its Kennedy Center debut with the National Symphony Orchestra as “one of the best pops performances of the season.”
Five By Design takes swing to the next level…for the ultra-hip and the ultra-cool.

When: April 24 @ 8PM
Where: Kentucky Center
Tickets: starting @ $26
Contact: 502.584.7777 or kentuckycenter.org

-Gioia Patton

http://fundforthearts.com/

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