Kirkland Performance Center presents...
The Four Freshmen
- Saturday, November 24, 2012, 8:00PM
All Seats: $35
JAZZ > Vocal Jazz
Artist Sponsors: Aimee & Lowell Bassett, Sue & Sants Contreras, Rich & Pat Miailovich, Kristin Olson
Formed at Arthur Jordan Conservatory of Music in Indianapolis in 1948, The Four Freshmen are a ground-breaking vocal group who influenced The Hi-Lo’s, The Beach Boys, Manhattan Transfer and countless other close-harmony ensembles in the 50’s and 60’s. The great Stan Kenton paved the way for them to record for Capitol records in 1950. The singers accompany themselves on guitar, bass, drums and trumpet, earning them six Grammy nominations. And the rest is history!
VIP UPGRADE AVAILABLE: $75/ticket. Includes the best seats in the house and a meet and greet with the artists. Available through the Box Office only. Quantites are limited!
The Four Freshmen were one of the top vocal groups of the 1950s, and formed the bridge between '40s ensembles like Mel-Tones and harmony-based rock & roll bands such as the Beach Boys as well as groups like Spanky & Our Gang and the Manhattan Transfer. The group's roots go back to the end of the 1940s and a barbershop quartet-influenced outfit called Hal's Harmonizers, organized at the Arthur Jordan Conservatory of Butler University in Indiana by two brothers, Ross and Don Barbour. Their repertoire centered on standards such as "Moonglow" and "The Christmas Song," though they showed an unusually free, improvisational approach to their harmony singing. Bob Flanigan, the last original member, he retired in 1992 but new lineups of the group have continued to perform into the 21st century.