The music of the Big Band Era will come alive at the Coleman Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
Five by Design, a group of five singers, will perform hits from the 1930s through the 1950s such as Benny Goodman's “Bugle Call Rag,” Louis Prima's “Sing, Sing, Sing,” Nat King Cole's “Mona Lisa” and Cole Porter's “Begin the Beguine,” in their musical “Club Swing.”
Club Swing is “where the music is hot, the drinks are cook and the dance floor is always open.”
It's the story of a soon to be closed nightclub, “Club Swing,” that is visited by a former employee for the last time.
While he's there, the club starts to glow in its former splendor and Five by Design sings, celebrating swing music.
The Minneapolis-based Five By Design includes Lorie Carpenter-Niska, soprano; Sheridan Zuther, alto; Kurt Niska, tenor; Michael Swedberg, baritone, and Terrence Niska, bass.
Combining their signature harmonies with vintage fashions, stage and lighting design with a captivating storyline, Five by Design has been bringing family entertainment to audiences throughout the country since its conception more than 20 years ago.
Members of the group began working together in college and formed Five by Design upon graduation.
“Radio Days” was the group's flagship production, a tribute to the golden age of radio.
“Club Swing” added to its roster in 2000, commissioned by the Baltimore Symphony.
They are being brought to the Coleman Theatre by the City of Miami, the Oklahoma Arts Council and the Friends of the Coleman.
Tickets are $20 for adults, $16 for seniors, $15 for groups of 15 or more and $12 for children.
They will be available at the theatre the night of the performance, but for best selection it is suggested they be purchased in advance.
For more information, contact theatre manager Barbara Smith at 540-2425.