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BAY VIEW, MI – On Sunday, July 17, experience Bay View Music Festival’s Rhapsody in Blues—an evening of racy, rhythmic, sultry and scintillating songs from Sinatra to the delta blues, all leading up to a grand finale of Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue.” In addition to the excitement of the faculty artists, this vespers also features a new concept in which the century-old music festival begins to introduce emerging artists, this time featuring folk duo Oh Brother Big Sister. The concert will take place at 8:00 p.m. in Hall Auditorium, 1715 Encampment Avenue, Petoskey, Michigan. All are welcome and tickets start at just $16.50 with free admission or those under age 18.
A night of music to entertain and educate all, “Rhapsody in Blues” will feature smooth blues hits to get listeners moving and grooving. Selections will range from Ray Henderson’s “Birth of the Blues”—made famous by the timeless Frank Sinatra—to songs from the greats such as W.C. Handy, known as The Father of the Blues, and Irving Berlin, widely considered one of the greatest songwriters in American history.
Ending on a high note, Bay View’s Spectrum Brass Quintet and pianist Tony Patterson will perform the classically composed, jazz-influenced “Rhapsody in Blue.” Regarded by Gershwin as a “a musical kaleidoscope of America,” the song comprises a distinct sound so rich and grand that it was used to introduce Jay Gatsby in the 2013 film The Great Gatsby, and was even used in the opening ceremony of the 1984 summer Olympics.
Siblings Penny Jean and Radel Rosin practically grew up on stage, playing talent shows across Michigan with other family members and later forming their own bands as they grew older. “Finally, we got smart and realized it would be way more fun to just perform as a duo,” Penny said of forming Oh Brother Big Sister with her brother two years ago. “We had performed together as a duo for various events and it was always very easy to bring together a performance with very little practice. I guess it was the perks of knowing each other since birth.” Pursuing music full time since March 2014, the genre-melding, Grayling-based duo has become a familiar fixture in venues across northern Michigan and recently returned from a tour of Colorado, Utah and Idaho.
This concert is part of the Summer Sunset Vespers Series—an ongoing tradition that has evolved into a magnificently eclectic concert series featuring a blend of returning faculty and talented newcomers, all seamlessly woven together for an enriching evening of virtuosic, recognizable, or instantly accessible chamber music, songs, and instrumental solos for the whole family. Patrons who wish to view the biographies of the Bay View faculty can go online at www.bayviewfestival.org. Tickets start at just $16.50 (Free admission for those under age 18) and can be purchased by calling 888-596-1027 or going online to www.bayviewfestival.org. For those wanting to purchase in person, Box Office hours are 8:30am-2:30pm at Voorhies Hall, Monday through Sunday and one hour before ticketed events at the performance venue. General questions should be directed to Chris Ludwa at 231-347-4210 or email sent to [email protected]