Witness the ‘Birth of the Beat’ at upcoming concert

Published 12:29 pm Saturday, September 24, 2016

Those of you who faithfully attend the Franklin-Southampton Concert Association’s music series might well recall last year’s “The Wonderful Wizard of Song” The Music of Harold Arlen.” That was presented by Matt Davenport Productions, and that same company is bringing a “Birth of the Beat” for this season’s opening show on Saturday, Oct. 1.
A cast of eight professional actors, who also dance and sing, will use sets, props and costumes as they take the audience on a tour of American music ranging from Broadway and Country to Movies and Soul.
They’ll perform such hits as “New York, New York,” “Stop in the Name of Love,” “Walking After Midnight,” “Chances Are,” “Singing in the Rain,” and “All That Jazz.” Those are a just few of the many singles that remain timeless in our imagination.
To cap it off will be a set of patriotic music. What could be more American?
Not incidentally, Matt Davenport Productions has also created “American Rhapsody,” and “Live from Nashville.”
Nancy Rowe, association president, said the organization is still selling memberships at $50 for adults and $10 students. “Which,” she added, “is a big savings over tickets at the door: $30 for adults; $10 for students.”
The show will take place in the auditorium of Southampton High School in Courtland.
To learn more, visit www.franklinsouthamponconcerts.org.