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CCU voice faculty performs 'Kitchen Sink' concert

March 15, 2012

Five members of the Coastal Carolina University voice faculty will perform "The Kitchen Sink: A Celebration of Theatrical Singing" on Monday and Tuesday, March 26 and 27, at 7:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall of the Thomas W. and Robin W. Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts.

The performers are David Bankston (tenor), Ann Benson (mezzo-soprano), Patti Edwards (soprano), Jeffrey Jones (baritone), and Timothy Koch (baritone). Daniel Paul Francis (piano) is the accompanist.

From Mozart to Broadway, the "Kitchen Sink" program celebrates the rich tapestry of the history of the lyric stage, including masterpieces from both opera and musical theater.

One of the highlights of the program will be an excerpt from Mozart's "Cosi fan tutte." Musical theater pieces will include "Lily's Eyes," a duet for tenor and baritone from the musical "Secret Garden"; "Agony," a duet for two baritones, and "Stepsisters Lament," both from the Stephen Sondheim musical "Into the Woods"; "You'll Never Walk Alone," a show tune from "Carousel"; as well as solos from "Camelot" and "Les Miserables."

Bankston has performed extensively in opera and musical theater, and he also composes and performs popular music with a folk-jazz orientation. CDs of his original songs include the autobiographical "Galvez Town" (2002) and "Jazz, Blues, Gospel Shoes" (2007).

Benson has performed widely in opera and oratorio, including her New York debut in the title role in Puccini's "Tosca" at the New York City Opera. She is the founder of MusiCares, a community service project that takes music to Alzheimer's patients.

Edwards, a native of Georgetown, has sung opera and chamber music across the United States. She has been invited to the Czech Republic four times to perform recitals of American music and teach master classes at the Janacek Conservatory.

Jones is the artist-in-resident with the Carolina Master Chorale. He has performed with many opera and musical organizations. As a member of the Atlanta Symphony Chorus, he participated in three recordings for Telarc Records and performed in two concerts at Carnegie Hall with Robert Shaw.

Timothy Koch is music director and conductor of the Carolina Master Chorale, based in Myrtle Beach. Now in his 12th season as music director, Koch has led the group in tour performances in New York and Europe. He is also music director at First United Methodist Church in Myrtle Beach. Francis is staff pianist for the CCU Department of Music. He was the 2004 regional winner of the South Carolina Music Teacher's Association Young Artist Piano Competition. General admission is $9; alumni and seniors (65 and over), $7; Osher Lifelong Learning Institute members, $7; teens 11 to18, $3; CCU and HGTC students, faculty and staff, $3; children 10 and under, free. For tickets, call the Wheelwright Box Office at 843-349-2502. Tickets may also be purchased at the door prior to the performance.