Remember the rich, four-part harmony of the Four Freshmen on 1950s songs like "Graduation Day" and "Somebody Loves Me"?
You can step back in time and hear it all again when Four Voices, a popular jazz quartet, performs at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Union United Methodist Church in Belleville.
The members of Four Voices are: Tom Birkner, director of bands at Belleville West High School, lead voice and trumpet; Allan Horney, of Charleston, voice and trombone; Craig Lindvahl, voice and trombone; and Joe Wolfe, of Atwood, voice, trombone and percussion. The rhythm section is made up of Jesse Farrar, of Belleville, bass; Paul Johnston, of Charleston, piano; and Steve Schepper, of Decatur, drums.
The group specializes in authentic versions of the music of the our Freshmen and their own arrangements of American standards.
Four Voices was founded in 2009 and has performed for numerous events across Illinois and recently apeared with the Eastern Symphony Orchestra at Eastern Illinois University.
The concert is part of the church's Fine Arts Series. Admission is free; a free-will offering will be taken. The church is a 721 E. Main St. in Belleville. (See a photo of Four Voices on page C6.)
'Twelve Angry Men'
The Looking Glass Playhouse plans to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that its latest drama, "Twelve Angry Men," will draw audiences into a "life or death" struggle.
You be the judge.
The drama depicts a jury forced to deliberate a murder trial. The jury is instructed that if they find the young man guilty, there will be a mandatory death sentence. The first vote is 11 guilty, with a single dissenter, who continues to sow the seed of reasonable doubt. Jurors wrestle with their own personal beliefs balance against the backdrop of the evidence.
The Looking Glass production features Rany Pellman, Chuck Schaefer, Bill Watkins, Patrick Kreher, Robert Coan, Joe Lancey, Brandon McNutt, Richard Husaker, Doug Cripe, Joe Cavataio, Mark Nelson, Ted Gajewski and Patrick Donnigan.
Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. today through Saturday and Nov. 15-17 and 2 p.m. Sunday and Nov. 18 at the theater, 301 W. St. Louis St., Lebanon. Tickets are $10, with discounts available for senior citizens, students and military with ID. Reservations: 618-537-4962 or lookingglassplayhouse.com