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.
Friends University Alumni Jazz Ensemble
Friends University Alumni Jazz Ensemble
Feb. 15-16, 2019 will mark the 26th year of the Friends University Jazz Festival, and my final year as Director of Jazz Programs at Friends. I will be retiring in May. I could not think of a better way to celebrate my 30 years at Friends, than by inviting all my former jazz students to return on this weekend and celebrate with me. We have secured the Crown Uptown Theater for the weekend and on Friday, Feb. 15th I will host a dinner and jam session there. Former students and their guests will meet at 7 PM for a catered dinner, and be entertained by the current jazz groups. At 8:30 PM, we will open the Crown to everyone who wants to come have a drink (yes there will be a cash bar!), and listen to some great jazz played by current and former students. There will be no cost involved.
Saturday, Feb. 16th will be the headliner concert starting at 7:30 PM, and will feature The Four Freshmen, JVE, and a great big band made up of Friends University Jazz Alumni. To secure tickets for this concert, you need to either visit the website crownuptown.com, or call them at (316) 612-7696. This concert will sell out fast, so get your tickets soon!
As usual, all day on Friday (15th) and Saturday (16th), we will have middle school, high school and community college jazz bands on our campus doing performances and educational clinics. All daytime activities are free and open to the public. By mid January, you can check our website (Friends.edu), for the daytime schedule.
Venue Information:
Crown Uptown Theatre
3207 E. Douglas Ave
Wichita, KS, 67218
http://crownuptown.com/