When the tenor sax signals the advent of jazz season Oct. 24, fans will be swaying to easy sounds of Ellington, James, Dorsey, pop songs and more. “Smooth Operator,” vocalist Julie Johnson, national recording and tour artist, has top billing for the 7:30 p.m. show at the SFA performing arts theater at Lone Star College-Kingwood. This Kingwood Big Band opening night and the December performance of Handel’s, “Messiah,” by the Kingwood Chorale and Chamber Orchestra are two programs in the 2008-2009 series sponsored by the prestigious Kingwood Musical Arts Society, celebrating its 20th year of professional excellence. In the glimmer of the spotlights, the chorale and orchestra presented a milestone evening of professional music in mid-October, recreating their first concert of 20 years ago in the same location, with the same music. The concert was dedicated in memory of Dudley Cavenaugh, founder, original artistic director and conductor. His daughter Kathryn Cavenaugh sang soprano solos at this tribute, following in the footsteps of her mother, Melanie Cavenaugh who soloed in the earlier concerts. “All these musicians are very talented people and are a great group that has blossomed into a chorus of 85, including students who earn college credit and vocalists from all areas of the community. I joined them as artistic director and conductor in the late ‘90’s and helped form a partnership with LSC-K,” said Todd R. Miller, professor of music at the college. “The Kingwood Big Band artists are students, music educators, engineers, and business and medical professionals, who all love big band jazz. That’s the key to our success. We all love it and have fun. We’re also drawn together by our audiences that are now sell-out crowds at all concerts,” explained Jim Stubbs, band director and interim dean of arts and humanities at LSC-Kingwood. The band was recognized by the Monteux Jazz Festival in Geneva, performed there in 2007 and “play to the crowd,” from a well-spring of more than 200 pieces in their repertoire, gathered from the classical Big Band Era and pop jazz songs by permanent vocalist Lynette Upp. “Music lovers have many more seasons of enlightened music for and by the community. In the wings are plans for a children’s choir, community orchestra - our orchestra now comes from Houston - and performances in a new concert hall. The society is patron-supported and welcomes contributors to become members and sponsor quality music in Kingwood,” said David Livingston, chairman of the board of directors. As the last 20 years have proven, the society and community, in relationship, is the binding force that keeps the music playing. For ticket information or to join KMAS, visit www.kingwoodmusicalarts.org or call 281-319-1260. - Kingwood Musical Arts Society Season - The Kingwood Chorale and Chamber Orchestra Saturday, Dec. 13, 7:30 p.m. G. F. Handel: “Messiah” Kingwood United Methodist Church Saturday, April 26, 7:30 p.m. C. Orff: “Carmina Burana” Kingwood Park High School Auditorium The Kingwood Big Band Friday, Oct. 24, 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 6, 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 1, 7:30 p.m. All concerts: SFA Performing Arts Theatre For information on post season jazz concerts, visit This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Call 281-312-1730.

Comments (0)

There are no comments posted here yet

Leave your comments

  1. Posting comment as a guest. Sign up or login to your account.
Attachments (0 / 3)
Share Your Location