America's Music Concert: A Salute To Broadway And Tin Pan Alley With Barbara Wisse And Mark Kahny

Friday May 10, 2013: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

AADL presents this special concert as part of its series America's Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway. This eight-week documentary film/ discussions series focuses on twentieth-century American popular music and features related concerts performed by some of the area's most prominent musicians.

Tonight's concert, originally scheduled for March, is the final concert in the America's Music series and centers on Broadway and Tin Pan Alley.

"Barbara Wisse will sing you right out of your seat!" - Gerald Elliot, Grand Rapids Press Music Critic

Barbara Wisse's silky voice has been heard on stages throughout West Michigan and she was featured on Circle Theatre's "Tapestry, The Music of Carol King" CD. She is a member of the acclaimed Boogie Woogie Babies trio and her singing styles run the gamut from advertising jungles to vocal jazz, from opera to musicals, and from ensembles to solos.

Pianist Mark Kahny is one of West Michigan's finest keyboard and vocal talents and was recently named West Michigan Jazz Society's 2012 Musician of the Year. With a degree in classical piano performance from the University of Cincinnati's Conservatory of Music, he has toured from Vegas to Chicago with a 9 piece horn band, Kops & Robbers, and throughout the Midwest with the wildly entertaining vocal trio, Boogie Woogie Babies. Mark is featured on numerous CDs, as well as his critically-acclaimed CD, Universe of Two. He is regularly featured as a headliner with World Class Jazz tours, performing throughout Michigan, and has worked with such celebrities as Red Buttons, Regis Philbin and Ray Charles.

The Ann Arbor District Library is one of fifty sites nationwide to host this program series, which is a project by the Tribeca Film Institute in collaboration with the American Library Association, Tribeca Flashpoint, and the Society for American Music. America's Music has been made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor. The AADL series is also co-sponsored by The Friends of the Ann Arbor District Library, Kerrytown Concert House, UMS and WCBN 88.3 FM.