The Four Freshmen

Friends University 26th Annual Jazz Festival presents

The Four Freshmen

Friends University Alumni Jazz Ensemble

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Doors: 6:45 pm / Show: 7:30 pm

$10.00 - $50.00

This event is all ages

The Four Freshmen
The Four Freshmen
The Four Freshmen are America’s most enduring vocal group. From the moment they step on stage The Four Freshmen will get your heart pounding and your feet moving. With pure energy and great songs from the past and  present. The Four Freshmen deliver a world of music that will  take listeners back to the bygone era of their youth while introducing others to a brand of vocal harmony entertainment unique to the legendary Four Freshmen. A Four Freshmen concert is one you will never forget! One might think  that after 69  years, a multitude of recordings,  6 grammy nominations to their credit,  they  would just ride the wave of success through nostalgic renderings of hits like “It’s A Blue World” and “Graduation Day”, but you would be sorely mistaken. 
One thing THE FOUR FRESHMEN do as  the celebrated vocal group has done since its inception in 1948 has been to forge ahead; constantly redefining their sound  all the while maintaining the core integrity of their unique and innovative vocal harmonies that have inspired such iconic groups as The Manhattan Transfer, The Lettermen, and the legendary Beach Boys. While The Four Freshmen happily pay tribute to the history and evolution of the Freshmen sound by way of performing the hits of their predecessors they are unafraid to break new ground through songs that strike a chord with listeners of ANY generation.  Whether it be a reimagining of such classic standards as “Come Fly With Me”  and “Stompin’ At the Savoy”; profoundly evocative and energetic interpretations of Antonio Carlos Jobim’s seminal hits “The Girl From Ipanema” and “So Danco Samba”; or the introduction of heart-wrenching originals like “A Little While”, the listener will be taken on a musical journey via the greatest song writers ever to set pen to paper and four accomplished musicians who, from the stage,  exude nothing less than the energy, sincerity, and passion deserving of the great music they perform. See the Four Freshmen with a big band and you’ll be blown away.  Watch them with a symphony orchestra and you’ll be awed.  Catch them self-contained and you will be thoroughly amazed and entertained.  No matter how you see the Four Freshmen, just SEE THE FOUR FRESHMEN!  You will thank yourself.

Lisa Hittle has been the Director of Jazz Programs at Friends University for 30 years, and will be retiring in May. She is assembling a big band, made up of some of the best players to come out of Friends University during her tenure there. The Friends University Alumni Big Band will be featured on the 2nd half of the program, as well as performing a few tunes to close the concert with the Four Freshmen.
Venue Information:
Crown Uptown Theatre
3207 E. Douglas Ave
Wichita, KS, 67218