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Celebrating Sinatra

Bryan Anthony will present his show, “Celebrating Sinatra: His Life in Music,” on April 20 in the Viterbo University Fine Arts Center Main Theater.

The music of the great Frank Sinatra will soar again as vocalist Bryan Anthony presents “Celebrating Sinatra: His Life in Music” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 20, in the Viterbo University Fine Arts Center Main Theater, 929 Jackson St.

Bryan Anthony is keeping the legacy of the “Great Gentlemen of Song,” especially Sinatra, alive and well in his satisfying and sweetly nostalgic performances. A veteran vocalist of ensembles including the Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, and Nelson Riddle orchestras, Anthony provides a look back at the rich musical life of Sinatra from his early career days with Harry James and Tommy Dorsey, the Capital Record years and “swingin’ Sinatra.”

Anthony has been singing nearly all his life, getting his start in church choir and grade school vocal ensembles. In high school, he got involved in musical theater, but experienced a self-described epiphany when a friend gave him a copy of Sinatra’s greatest hits from his Reprise years.

While seeking out more Sinatra recordings, he got turned on to the jazz vocal pantheon, from Joe Williams, Tony Bennett and Chet Baker to Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan and Carmen McRae. In 1995 he enrolled at Manhattan School of Music to study classical voice and went on to earn a master’s degree in jazz and studio music from New York University. He landed his first major gig in 1997 when the Glenn Miller Orchestra hired him for a tour.

“The American Songbook possesses such wisdom and poetry that runs the gamut of human emotion,” Anthony said. “The feelings, situations, and dynamics that are written about in this music runs through every generation and ties us all together. I honestly believe that along with jazz, the American Songbook is the greatest gift American culture has provided to the world.”

This performance is part of Viterbo’s Bright Star Season and is sponsored in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the state of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Tickets are $35 for main floor, $31 for lower balcony, and $25 for upper balcony seating. For tickets, contact the box office at 608-796-3100 or visit www.viterbo.edu/tickets.

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Entertainment and county government reporter

Randy Erickson covers arts and entertainment and county government for the La Crosse Tribune. Contact him at 608-791-8219 or randy.erickson@lee.net.

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