Valentine’s Day coupled with a romantic evening of American jazz and pop standards spells class.
North Georgia College & State University is holding its second Valentine’s Day American Standards concert tonight at the John L. Nix Mountain Cultural Center on the campus in Dahlonega.
NGCSU music professors Andy David on trumpet and Joe Chapman on piano will perform romantic tunes ranging from Disney love songs to classic mainstays such as Gershwin’s "Our Love is Here to Stay" and Rogers and Hart’s "My Funny Valentine."
"We’re going for romance and a lot of different sides of romance," David said.
David, who teaches jazz studies and music education at the college, said the concert will include standards from jazz great Duke Ellington, tin-pan alley writer Cole Porter, as well as the serious yet beautiful ballad "And So It Goes" by Billy Joel. He added the standards concert will also contain a dark and serious facet with performances of the jazz classic "Angel Eyes" as well as David’s personal favorite love song, "All the Things You Are" by Jerome Kern.
The program will end on a light and exuberant high note with a Disney medley featuring songs from "The Little Mermaid," "Beauty and the Beast" and the Aladdin tune "A Whole New World."
David said Chapman joined him in rearranging and transposing the romantic standards specifically for the trumpet and piano performance this evening.
The concert is open to children and adults, and will take place in the Gloria Shott Performance Hall at the NGCSU cultural center.