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Summer Evening Jazz with Gershwin Favorites

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Jazz on a summer evening, the marvelous rhythm and lyrics of George and Ira Gershwin’s music swaying in the air, as ‘S wonderful! ‘S marvelous!  That you should care for me!” is being sung to you at your table. 

Wine, hors-d’oeuvres and an evening of romance and glamour in the beautiful Great Room at Weymouth Center make June 7 a memorable evening to be shared with special friends.

Special guest vocalist, John Benard, will join jazz artists, John Hatcher & Friends Quintet, for this special performance.

Hatcher explains why he thinks Gershwin’s music has endured through time:

George Gershwin blended, in varying degrees, the techniques and forms of classical music with stylist nuances and techniques of pop music and jazz.  This performance at Weymouth will offer a unique experience of enjoying many of the best known of Gershwin songs presented by a fine quintet with professional quality musicians and vocalists both male and female. Since the lyrics of Ira Gershwin are so poignant, it is all the more reason to make the most of the program vocals.”

The event is designed to feel like a club of days gone by, where beautiful people enjoyed talented performers while sipping drinks with friends. 

Smaller tables of varying sizes are available for group reservations as well as individual seating at larger tables.

During the two-hour program, guests will enjoy 25 Gershwin songs including an original adaptation of S’Wonderful as the program finale.

The John Hatcher and Friends Quintet consists of Court Stewart, Piano; John Hatcher, sax; Tim Haley, drums; Rick Wolff, bass; Megan Causey, vocalist. 

In addition to Causey, highly regarded guest vocalist, Dr. Marc Benard, former singer of New York musical theater and the Light Opera of Manhattan, will perform with the quintet. His resume includes productions of Kismet, Grease, Man of La Mancha, Hello Dolly, The Most Happy Fella, and others. Benard has also given several concerts in Los Angeles, with a repertoire that spans musical theater and the Great American Songbook.

Like so many of the golden age writers who stayed at Weymouth during the Boyd years, George Gershwin also took inspiration from time spent in the South during the same period.

Living for a summer on Folly Island, South Carolina, George Gershwin wrote what was to be his masterpiece, Porgy and Bess, and the Quintet will be performing one of its hit songs, Summertime. Together George and Ira collaborated on some of the most memorable songs of the 20th century.

Join us on Thursday, June 7, from 7-9pm for an Evening of Gershwin.

Tickets are $50/members, $60/non-members and include wine and hors-d’oeuvres. Seating is limited so early reservations are encouraged.

Group tables are available for purchase.

Call (910) 692-6261 for questions or reservations including groups.

Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization and home to the NC Literary Hall of Fame.

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