KC Jazz Singer Angela Hagenbach Takes You Back to the 1920s

Jazz Artist Angela Hagenbach enchants audiences around the world, and on Sunday, Feb. 24 from 3–4:30pm, you can hear the story of The Great Gatsby through her live jazz performance at the library. No tickets required.

Some familiar selections may include It Had To Be You, I Get a Kick Out of You and Sunnyside of the Street, as well as several other tunes from the Great American Songbook, in homage to this year’s Big Read novel, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Both vocal and instrumental pieces will be performed.

angelahagenbach“We’re hoping to leave 2013 outside and whisk away to 1922 when the book takes place,” Hagenbach said. “We’re going to have a great time.”

She, her trio of musicians and her KC book club players will personify characters from the novel as she tells the story through song, dialog and period costuming in three acts.

Hagenbach is a Kansas City resident, an international touring artist and former model. She started pursuing her career in music in 1990. She’s been praised for her vocal range and intensity. Her life experiences have contributed to her most recent CD, The Way They Make Me Feel.

The ensemble performing with her Feb. 24 consists of Danny Embrey, guitar and musical director; Charles Williams, piano and vocals; and young Zack Beeson, upright bass.

The B.O.R.E.A.L.I.S. Book Club Players are Angela Hagenbach, vocals and narrator; Rebecca Ehrich, as Myrtle Wilson; Steve Matlock, as Nick Carraway; Robert Kemper, as Tom Buchanan; Willow, as Daisy Buchanan; and Patty Nast Cantor, as Jordan Baker.

The performance is presented in partnership with The Big Read, an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) designed to restore reading to the center of American culture. The NEA presents The Big Read in partnership with Arts Midwest. For more information, visit tscpl.org/bigread.

The Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library is a 21st-century landmark library and includes the Alice C. Sabatini Gallery, the Millennium Café, Chandler Booktique, meeting rooms and free computer/Internet access. Hours are Mon. through Fri. 9am to 9pm, Sat. 9am to 6pm and Sun. 12pm to 9pm.


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