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Rock & Pop, Theatrical Events

Fascinating Rhythms: The Music of Fred Astaire

When: Sun., March 4 2012

It’s time again to rip a page out of the Great American Songboook, as the Musical Theater Project presents a two-part concert series focusing on songs made famous by Fred Astaire. Playing the roles of host are Bill Rudman, the Project’s artistic director, and versatile jazz pianist Joe Hunter. The concert, Fascinating Rhythms, covers Astaire’s career from vaudeville to movies, with photos, select film clips, and songs like “Nght and Day,” “Cheek to Cheek,” and “Something’s Gotta Give”. “No singer introduced more first-rate American songs than Fred Astaire,” says featured vocalist Vince Mastro, who considers Astaire a personal idol. “With every song he interpreted, it’s like there were sparks shooting out of his body. For me, that’s inspirational.” Get inspired today at 4 p.m. at Kirtland’s Lakeland Community College’s Performing Arts Center. Tix are $10 to $18 by phone; see the Lakeland website for info and directions. Part two of the concert series happens at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 18 at Tri C’s Metropolitan Main Stage Theater. Check out the Musical Theater Project website for the full skinny

Price: $10 to $18