Wulfe Bros. call crowd
By HOLLY WHITEMAN
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The Wulfe Bros. concert gave the Georgetown College community an evening of good laughs on Saturday with their “Groovy Sixties Show.” Part of the 28th season of the Foust Artist series, the Wulfe Bros. showcased their musical talent along with an unexpected history lesson from the 1960s. The three men, Paul on bass, Jeff on the drums and Rodney on the keyboard really adopted the persona of the ‘60s with their tie-dye T-shirts and groovy hair styles by calling themselves “flower children.”
The three men were quite a group together. Rodney seemed to be quite the jokester with his pranks and teasers. Jeff had his share of pranks as well, like the “freecreditreport.com” jingle he convinced to be a “great addition to the show.” Paul seemed to be the leader and narrator for the lessons or, as he says it, “to maintain controlled pandemonium.”
Based out of Lousiville, the men travel around the country giving different academic lessons through what they know and love most, their music. They use their music to educate crowds about different decades, American pride, the Wild West and simply anything Kentucky. They started each song with a bit of history on the artist mixed with history of the era. From The Beach Boys to The Beatles, the men were entertaining and enlightening with their twist on an educational lesson.
No one could resist singing along to the popular jams of the ‘60s along with the pop culture songs like the “Oscar Meyer Weiner” song and commercials for Slinky. “The Twist” almost had people on their feet in the aisles.
Reminiscing on “the good old days,” the show brought great pleasure to
many in the audience. The later generations enjoyed them just as much, especially listening to them sing “Wild Thing” by The Troggs to Mrs. Crouch and other individuals in the audience.
They advertised their merchandise by modeling their “formal black tee, perfect for any formal occasion,” reversible ballcap and their temporary tattoo that was luckily on sale from $9.99 to the steal that is one dollar! They also had copies of their CDs for sale after the show.
They described the phenomenon that was known as the British Invasion and sang tunes from Woodstock. They ended the show with a mixture of songs leading up to “All You Need is Love” by the Beatles.
The men had great energy in their performance and kept the audience involved with singing and dancing. They were great performers and everyone enjoyed their humor and musical talent. They brought many laughs, and possibly a few tears of laughter to the audience.
Opera Appalachia hopes to hit close to home with ‘An Evening of Mozart’
Opera on a Friday evening—Date Night? Yes, “An Evening of Mozart” in John L. Hill Chapel on March 4 is not a misprint.
Georgetown College voice professor Heather Hunnicutt will tell anyone that Friday is the best night for music. And as one-fifth of Opera Appalachia, the new group that will entertain, she said “Mozart would tell you that dinner and a concert is the world’s best date!” The free performance isn’t until 8 p.m., so you’re on your own for supper— but leave room for some operatic treats.
“An Evening of Mozart” is the seventh and next-to-last event in “Noteworthy: A Faculty and Guest Artist Concert Series” that Hunnicutt launched in September. The series finale is March 23 at 8 p.m. as tenor David Sievers and pianist John Benjamin combine on “Die schöne Müllerin,” one of the most widely-performed and beloved cycles of German Lieder from the Romantic period.
Hunnicutt, who’s made opera a big part of Georgetown College’s performing arts scene, is excited to bring Opera Appalachia, an ensemble of regional opera singers, to campus for its central Kentucky debut of staged presentations of some of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s most beloved works.
Opera Appalachia is a group of five professional singers (one of each solo voice part—soprano, mezzosoprano, tenor, baritone and bass) with the goal of bringing professional, quality opera to populations that don’t typically have access to it. Hunnicutt said, “We want to share our love of the exceptional art form of opera with the whole world, starting with those who have never experienced it before.”
Four members of the group— Hunnicutt, Daniel Bell, Ryland Pope and David Herrington—met when they were all cast together in the Highlands Light Opera production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Pirates of Penzance” two summers ago. This past summer, they wanted to add a mezzo-soprano for a dinner concert in Harlan and Pope had the answer in fellow Harlan native Marybeth Christman.
Dr. Hunnicutt is especially proud of Ryland Pope ‘09, her former student. “He’s an exceptional singer, performer and person,” she said. “It is so much fun to perform with him too! And he is so proud of his home and the Appalachian culture that this group is very close to his heart as well.”
Hunnicutt predicts Georgetown audiences will recognize Daniel Bell from a couple of performances and master classes he has given on campus, such as “Broadway Love Songs” this past fall. She said, “His charm just exudes from the stage to the audience.”
Marybeth Christman, she said, “has a beautiful, full, rich mezzosoprano voice and we have the best time taunting each other as Susanna and Marcellina in the opening duet (from ‘Le Nozze di Figaro”). Later, Pope tries (and succeeds) to woo her in ‘La ci darem la mano’ from ‘Don Giovanni’.”
Of David Herrington, she said, “True basses are rare…most lowervoiced men are actually some form of baritone, or even a bass-baritone. He’ll be hitting notes in the concert that you didn’t even think were possible in a human voice!”
The group will be accompanied on piano by a Music Department mainstay of the past couple of years, Georgetown native Daniel Ng, who graduated in December.
Hunnicutt promises “An Evening of Mozart” will be a fun, casual, drama-driven concert. “The group will be wearing 18th century clothing so the audience can feel like they are right there in Mozart’s time,” she said. “We will talk to the audience, set up the scenes, interact with audience members, interact with each other and present dramatic depictions of the arias and duets. This is NOT just a ‘stand and sing in formal wear’ concert!”
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