The Cleveland-Bradley Concert Association welcomes Coleman back for the second time. His performance two years ago to rave reviews brought many requests from the audience for him to return. The program will be April 25 at 7 p.m. at Conn Center on the campus of Lee University. Tickets for the concert are available at the door for $25 for adults and $10 for students.
Floyd Cramer was one of the most admired and beloved instrumentalists of all time. His distinctive touch at the piano, which he called “slip note” is so unique that it has become instantly identifiable and widely imitated in country, pop and rock music. Exemplified by his 1960 smash hit, “Last Date,” Cramer’s piano was an essential part of the Nashville sound of many music legends, among them Patsy Cline, Jim Reeves, Roy Orbison, the Everly Brothers and Elvis Presley.
Although Cramer’s life was taken by cancer in 1997, his unique touch at the piano is still alive and powerful today — not only in the hearts of countless fans, but also in the music of his grandson, Jason. At the age of 5 Coleman started taking piano lessons and began to follow in his granddad’s footsteps, performing with his grandfather on several occasions at his concerts and on national TV.
He made his Grand Ole Opry debut at the age of 17, as he accompanied Hank Locklin on the song “Please Help Me I’m Falling,” which Cramer originally recorded with Hank more than 40 years earlier. Two years later Jason was given the honor of playing for the Country Music Hall of Fame Medallion Ceremony recognizing Cramer’s induction into the Hall of Fame.
The association is also sponsoring a student outreach performance by this artist as part of its ongoing commitment to support arts education in the Cleveland area. The performance will be at 1 p.m. on April 25, also at Conn Center. This is a free concert. Coleman has great connection with students and plays the songs they know. Schools are encouraged to bring some of their students.
The Cleveland-Bradley Concert Association is announcing the concert schedule for 2013-14, also. The season opens on Sept. 17 with the “Sound of Tennessee.” This men’s chorus sings a variety of musical styles all delivered a cappella, including barbershop, blues, gospel, American standards, patriotic tunes and pop classics.
On Oct. 28, it will be time to “rock around the clock” with the Diamonds. This is the group that sold 20 million copies of “Little Darling.” These four gentlemen will sing all the rock and roll classics in a high-energy, upbeat show.
In the spring of 2014, Jesse Lynch brings his show titled “Jesse Lynch Jazz 101” to Cleveland. Against a backdrop video of American scenes of the last 101 years, his group plays the jazz songs from each era. Jesse has been in Cleveland twice performing as the pianist for Daniel Rodriguez and for the American Tenors.
The final concert next spring features Franc D’Ambrosio, who was the longest running Phantom in “Phantom of the Opera” having performed that roll 2,300 times on Broadway. His show will feature Broadway favorites and songs from World War II and when he sings “The Music of the Night,” the audience will be spellbound.
Those attending the Jason Coleman concert are encouraged to purchase their season memberships for next season. If purchased that night a 10 percent discount will be given. For more information, call 473-1114 or 715-5662.