Tribute concert to honor music legends
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WILMINGTON- On Saturday, September 1, at 7:30 pm, MHCA, formerly Memorial Hall Center for the Arts, will proudly present “A Night of the Legends – A Tribute to the Music of Paul Anka, Neil Diamond, Bobby Darin, Dion, and Bobby Rydell.” The concert will take place at Memorial Hall.

Carl Thomas returns to MHCA with a spectacular show that celebrates the music of the teen-idol legends of the ‘50s and ‘60s. The show includes four musicians of such remarkable ability that they recorded and performed with such famous artists as Barbra Streisand, Frankie Valli, Robert Goulet, and other notable stars. “Volare,” “Wild One,” “ Diana,” “ Sweet Caroline,” and “Dream Lover” are just the beginning of the evening’s repertoire. Thomas, the vocalist, will be supported instrumentally by Jim Young, drums, Ed Conte, bass, John Carridi, guitar, and Forever Fields, piano.

Thomas graduated from the Juilliard School in Manhattan in 1977. Although singing since he was a youngster, Thomas’s success in music did not happen until later in life. He has been the opening act for Pat Cooper, Jackie Mason, and Joan Rivers. He has also appeared with Johnny Maestro and the Brooklyn Bridge, Little Anthony and the Imperials, The Belmonts, The Del Vikings, Shirley Austin Reeves, and Earl Lewis and the Channels.

Young first began playing with jazz artists such as Marian and Jimmy McPartland, Jack Teagarden, and Bud Freeman in jazz festivals. In the late ‘60s, Young was called on to play in a revolutionary Broadway show called “Hair.” He also appeared in “Company,” “Old Calcutta,” “Sweet Charity,” “Starlight Express,” and “Grand Hotel.”

Conte has been Thomas’ musical director since the late ‘90s. Together they have created the shows Thomas has presented to his audiences wherever they have performed. In addition, Conte has been bassist, musical contractor, arranger, and conductor for concert and nightclub performers throughout the country. These include Summer at the Shore Concert Series with Tony and Donna Buonauro and shows in various locations with “The Boys of Summer” (Frankie Avalon, Fabian and Bobby Rydell).

Carridi has spent many years playing in and around the New York metropolitan scene. He began as a youth in New Jersey. As his experience grew, he was called to accompany such well-known singing artists as Robert Goulet, Vic Damone, Nancy Wilson, Joel Grey, Al Martino, and Peggy Lee. He also appeared in Broadway shows such as “Play Me a Country Song,” “Godspell,” and “Jesus Christ Superstar.”

Fields has worked as an arranger, and producer, and played keyboard for a wide range of artists including Stevie Wonder, Frankie Valli, Barbra Streisand, Louis Armstrong, George Benson, Sammy Cahn, Jerry Lewis, Steve Lawrence, Jerry Vale, Julius LaRosa, Frankie Avalon, Bobby Vinton, Teresa Brewer, Maxine Brown, Sarah Vaughn, and David Niven.

Seating is general admission. Tickets are $26 for adults, main floor seating, and $21 for the balcony. Students through high school are $17, main floor seating, and $14 for the balcony.

In it sixteenth season, MHCA is operating this year without a formal box office. For a full listing of events and a form for ordering tickets by mail visit memhall.org. Calendars and order forms are also available at the Mountaineer Inn, Handle Road, West Dover, and at the Mount Snow Valley Chamber of Commerce, Main Street, Wilmington. Patrons may also order tickets by calling (802) 464-8411 and leaving a message including all the information on the order form, or by leaving their name and phone number, and a person will return the call within 24 hours. Tickets will also be available at the door, payable by cash or check only, with the doors opening at 6:45 pm.

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