Darrian Ford to focus on music of Sam Cooke at Hiwassee College concert
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Monroe Area Council for the Arts will present Darrian Ford in “The Cooke Book – The Music of Sam Cooke” at Hiwassee College in Madisonville April 3 at 7:30 p.m.

“The Cooke Book” is a celebration of the greatest hits of Sam Cooke, and includes some lesser known gems from his all too brief life in music.

Spend an evening reliving the magic in this tribute to the man who began his musical journey in gospel music, went on to become an international pop sensation and is largely credited with being the man who invented soul.

Darrian Ford, the show’s creator, is joined on stage by musical director John Cicora on guitars, along with Ben Joseph on piano, Tim Ipsen on bass and Alfonzo Jones on drums.

The band will perform an evening of favorites, including “Twistin,” “Change Is Gonna Come,” “Cupid,” “Wonderful World,” “Nobody Knows The Trouble I’ve Seen” and “You Send Me.”

Ford is a Chicago native, and began his professional theater career at age 13 in Oscar Brown Jr's Great Nitty Gritty. At 15 he danced with The Joseph Holmes Chicago Dance Theater and at 19, moved to New York City to dance in the companies of Alvin Ailey, then Donald Byrd/The Group. He made his Broadway debut as Charlie in Rodgers & Hammerstein's “State Fair.” Other Broadway credits include The Who's “TOMMY” and “Smokey Joes Cafe,” for which he won The Black Theater Alliance Award for Best Actor in a Musical.

His most recent theatrical work was in the first national touring company of “The Color Purple.” He co-starred opposite Halle Berry in HBO's “Introducing Dorothy Dandridge” as Fayard Nicholas of the legendary Nicholas Brothers.

Advance tickets ($18/adult) are available at all Citizens National Banks in Monroe County, Century 21 Hendershot Realty in Madisonville, online at www.monroearts.com or call 423-442-3210.

Tickets will also be available at the box office on the night of the performance for $20. All student tickets are $10.