America’s Music Project
CANCELLED - A Salute to Broadway and Tin Pan Alley featuring Barbara Wisse and Mark Kahny
This is a free event.
- Barbara Wisse, singer
- Mark Kahny, piano
This concert has been cancelled due to illness. We apologize for any inconvenience!
This concert is part of a collabortive effort with the Ann Arbor District Library as part of their larger series. America's Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway uses a mixture of films and scholar-led discussions to illuminate understanding of American culture. The Ann Arbor District Library is one of fifty sites nationwide to host this program series, which is a project by the Tribeca Film Institute in collaboration with the American Library Association, Tribeca Flashpoint, and the Society for American Music.
This series is also co-sponsored by The Friends of the Ann Arbor District Library, Kerrytown Concert House, UMS and WCBN 88.3 FM.
Seating is limited, so please arrive early!
America's Music has been made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor
Barbara has been a featured singer and actor in musicals, revues and benefits during her career as a performer. Her silky voice and character acting have garnered her numerous leading roles on stages throughout West Michigan and can be heard on Circle Theatre’s “Tapestry, the Music of Carole King” CD. After earning her master’s degree, Barbara studied voice and theatre in London and New York and sang with the vocal jazz quartet, Rapid Jazz. One woman cabaret shows include Laughing Matters, All the Best, and Wishin’ and Hopin’. Barbara taught performing arts for 15 years with Grand Rapids Public Schools. During that time, she directed and choreographed over 30 musicals with students ranging in age from five to twelve and created and directed many educational videos with her students. As a result of her work, she received the Excellence in Teaching Award from Grand Rapids Public Schools in 1990. In demand as an educational consultant, one of her current projects is creating and implementing a unit of study for 3rd graders with the Grand Rapids Art Museum. Barbara considers herself fortunate to be able to pursue her two greatest passions: teaching and performing!
Mark Kahny is an incredible pianist and one of West Michigan's finest keyboard and vocal talents, in demand by vocalists and bands alike. His career as an entertainer started at the young age of 15. He has a degree in classical piano performance from the University of Cincinnati's prestigious Conservatory of Music. He's toured from Vegas to Chicago with a 9 piece horn band, "Kops & Robbers," and throughout the Midwest with the wildly entertaining vocal trio, "Boogie Woogie Babies." Mark is featured on numerous CDs, including "RadHot" and "You Hit the Spot" by jazz vocalist Mary Rademacher, "Girl Talk" by jazz vocalist Edye Evans Hyde and "Boogie Woogie Babies” and “Boogie, Beehives & Beyond!” Mark's critically-acclaimed CD, "Universe of Two," is a sensuous and dreamy mix of eclectic pop and jazz-tinged "off-the beaten path" rarities, with classical piano movie themes thrown in for good measure. Mark's regularly featured as a headliner with World Class Jazz tours, performing throughout Michigan, and has worked with such celebrities as Red Buttons, Regis Philbin and Ray Charles. Known predominantly as an outstanding jazz player, his influences include Rachmaninoff to Irving Berlin and Stephen Sondheim, and Scott Joplin to Billy Joel. His extensive knowledge of jazz and standards, along with classic light rock hits makes every selection one to look forward to.