Community Invited to “Celebration of Life Through Music” Honoring Late Prof. John Hawkins
A tribute entitled, “Celebration of Life Through Music” will be held for the late John Hawkins, Ph.D., former music professor at Potomac State College of West Virginia University. Tuesday, Sept. 24, at 7:30 p.m., in the Church-McKee Arts Center. The community is invited to attend this free event.
The Potomac State College/Community Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Fred Kesner will perform during the first half of the program. Among their selections will be a composition by local musician, Jim Roderick entiled "Elegy for Doc". The jazz band's pianist, Ed Morgret, will also be featured on "Prayer Meetin'", a gospel style jazz piece. Highlights also include Pittsburgh saxophonist and close friend of Dr. Hawkins, Curtis Johnson, will perform with the PSC Jazz Ensemble as well as a jazz combo.
The second half of the program will be a reunion of cast members performing their signature songs from previous musicals directed by Dr. Hawkins and Tom Valentine. Selections will include the following:
1999 - Grease - Sophie Davis -FREDDY MY LOVE
2000 -Godspell Laura Becker Groves -DAY BY DAY
2001 - Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat - Jon Fritz - ANY DREAM WILL DO
2002 - Jesus Christ Superstar - Ken Nolan, - HEAVEN ON THEIR MIND
2003 - Little Shop of Horrors - Jamie Carter - GROW FOR ME
2004 - Footloose - Beau Hartman - LETS HEAR IT FOR THE BOY
2005 - Bye Bye Birdie - Josh Arnold - SINCERE
2006 - Cats - Lura Thompson - MEMORY, Kimberli Rowley /Heidi Gardner - MACCAVITY
2007 - Chicago - Allison Abrahams IF YOU’RE GOOD TO MAMA
2008 - Pippin - Jimmy Corley - MAGIC TO DO
2009 - The Wizard of Oz - Jim House IF I ONLY HAD A HEART
2010 Beauty and the Beast -Alex McDonald - BE OUR GUEST
2011 - My Fair Lady - Melissa Tucker- COULD HAVE DANCED ALL NIGHT, Ron Growden - I’VE GROWN ACCUSTOMED TO HER FACE
2012 - Oklahoma - Danise Whitlock - I CAIN’T SAY NO
2013 - McNeil’s Rangers- Kevin Shreve- DRUMMER BOY, Kourtni High, Hunter Martin - TIME I WAS A BRIDE
2014 - Les Miserables -ONE DAY MORE – cast
A goodwill offering to benefit the American Cancer Society will be collected.