In a deft show of skill and talent, the UTD Chamber Singers and the UTD Jazz Band presented their act entitled “Broadway” on Feb. 27 to a packed audience at the University Theatre.
The show began with guest artists Gerry Burnham and Karl Lampman on the saxophone, followed by the Jazz Band performing their upbeat renditions of songs by Broadway greats such as Ira Gershwin, Richard Rogers and Cole Porter. The pieces were interspersed with vocals by members of the chorus.
The UTD Jazz Band, directed by professor of Arts & Humanities Kelly Durbin, has evolved into a diverse group of extremely talented musicians who seem to truly enjoy what they do. The performance certainly gave legitimacy to their success.
The band started off a bit hesitantly, but as the night wore on, they began to play in sync, the result of which was a well-blended sound.
The highlight of the evening was the band finale – a fusion of Middle-Eastern sound combined with a salsa and mambo beat.
The Chamber Singers, directed by Associate Dean of Arts & Humanities Kathryn Evans, came on after the band and sang harmonized versions of popular songs such as “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” and “My Funny Valentine.”
While an earnest effort, the singers failed to match up to the skill shown by the band, mainly because of the poor selection of musical arrangements. Individual singers such as senior historical studies major James Jones shone during their solo parts, but as a chorus, the Chamber Singers did not make waves.
The show was sold out, so much so, that even the reserved standing space was filled up by eager audience members who had come out to watch this musical bonanza.