Rose Center debuts new concert series

Posted on Friday, April 4, 2014 at 11:42 am

Tonight, the Rose Center is excited to debut Java Jive, a new series of concerts featuring local performers.

To kick off the series, singer Jill Bruce Cuningham is appearing Friday evening in the Davis Gallery at the Rose.

“The inspiration behind the Java Jive concerts is to take our guests to a New York style cabaret,” said Drew Ogle, director of the Rose Center. “A group of friends, gathered in an intimate setting, listening to the personal songs and stories of the performer. It will be a new concert experience for our area.”

The first singer in the new series is Jill Bruce Cuningham. Cuningham is familiar to Lakeway Area audiences from appearing on stage in shows such as “Steel Magnolias,” “White Christmas,” and the musical “9 to 5 with Encore Theatrical Company.” She is also a choir member and frequent soloist at All Saints’ Episcopal Church. Rose Center’s Java Jive concert marks her solo concert debut.

“The songs I will be performing tonight are a reflection of me,” said Cuningham. “I’ve chosen some pop, some blues, some jazz, even some Broadway. By the end of the evening, I hope the audience will have heard some old favorites, have been introduced to some new music, and will have gotten know me as a performer.”

In keeping with the New York style cabaret experience, the audience will be seated at small tables in the gallery. Coffee and dessert will be provided, and guests are encouraged to bring their favorite adult beverage. Wine glasses will be available.

The concert is a fundraiser for the Rose Center. However, there is no admission charge. Instead, several times throughout the evening, Cuningham will be “passing the hat” to request donations. All funds raised throughout the evening will be used to help renovate the Davis Gallery at the Rose, the first time it has been refurbished since 1989.

Doors will open at 7:15 p.m., and the show will begin at 8 p.m. Seating is strictly limited, so guests are encouraged to arrive early and enjoy the Rose Center galleries before the concert.

“It will be a very fun evening, and a great way to start the weekend,” said Ogle. “We are looking forward to introducing this new Rose Center offering, and hope the Lakeway area art and music lovers will be there to join us.”

For more, call the Rose Center at 423-581-4330.

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