Back from left: Angie Manning, Nomica Guillory and Ann Barilleaux. Front from left: Richman Reinauer and Billy Edwards. (Rick Hickman / Special to the American Press)
Last Modified: Friday, July 13, 2012 10:48 AM
The Lake Charles Symphony will turn the clock back and fill the air with soulful sounds Saturday night at the Lake Charles Civic Center in its annual Summer Pops concert.
This year the concert will have a Motown theme and feature the works of legendary artists such as Marvin Gaye, The Temptations and The Supremes. The Summer Pops series allows the Symphony to step away from the usual classics to play more contemporary music.
“It is different from our normal concert series,” said executive director Ashly Fruge. “It brings the community together. People that have never seen the symphony come out to see it and get to enjoy something new. They usually enjoy it and keep coming back. I know our classically trained musicians are looking forward to performing it.”
Classic songs such as “I Heard it Through the Grapevine, ”ABC,” “Signed, Sealed, Delivered”, ”My Girl,” “Stop in the Name of Love” and “Respect” will be featured in the concert.
“It is going to be fun, the group and music is from an awesome era,” Fruge said. “I was not around when it was big, but I still love it. It is upbeat and fun to listen and dance to.”
A trio of guest performers from New York with Broadway backgrounds, Ramona Keller, Destan Owens, and Kimberly JaJuan, will join the Symphony at the concert.
Keller made her Broadway debut in “Smokey Joe’s Café” and originated the role of Radio 1 in Tony Kushner’s “Caroline or Change.” She revived this role in London at the Royal National Theater.
Owens starred on Broadway in “Rent,” “Smokey Joe’s Café,” and in “Dreamgirls” with Jennifer Holliday. JaJuan has performed on Broadway, off-Broadway, and national tours of “Smokey Joe’s Café,” Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Music of the Night,” “Dreamgirls,” and “Ragtime.”