Utah students to perform at Carnegie Hall

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Since Carnegie Hall opened in 1891, a Who's Who of icons have performed at the legendary New York venue, including pianist Vladimir Horowitz's sold-out 1965 recital and Groucho Marx's 1972 appearance at the twilight of his career.

On Tuesday, May 21, the Crescent Super Band, from the American Fork, will get their turn.

The trip has been 13 months in the making, with the help of sponsors such as Legacy Music Alliance and Merit Medical Systems, which donated $75,000 for travel expenses.

The young musicians — high-school age and younger — are ready.

"I get a pit in my stomach thinking about it," music director Caleb Chapman admitted in a recent telephone interview. "There's a lot of pride."

Chapman's Voodoo Orchestra and La Onda Caribena will open the show with special guests David Sanborn and Wayne Bergeron.

Besides classics, the Crescent Super Band will — along with Sanborn — perform a new arrangement of "I Put a Spell on You," by renowned bassist and composer John Clayton.

The band will premiere "Percolating," an original work by the University of Utah's Russell Schmidt, as well as an arrangement of Joe Cuba's "Bang Bang," by Greg Yasinitsky. It also will offer a new soul hit, "Tightrope" by Janelle MonĂ¡e, arranged by Sam Cardon.

David Burger