McDermand performs for BHB Community Concerts
By Christine Weber
WORLAND — Big Horn Basin
Community Concerts ticket holders will be treated to a steel
drums-marimba-type performance on Saturday, Oct. 25 when Paul
McDermand takes to the stage. Performance time is 7 p.m. at the
Worland Middle School auditorium.
This is the second in the four-part concert series of BHBCC and the final performance of 2014; the other two — with the possibility of an additional concert — are scheduled for 2015, according to Jennifer Wetherbee, board president for BHBCC.
McDermand began his musical career as a free-lance percussionist in the Chicago area. At the age of 19, according to his profile on liveonstage.biz, he assumed the percussion duties on a popular theatrical production in Chicago’s theatre district. The show was call “The Magic Man” and its star was another teenager, David Copperfield.
In 1981 McDermand moved to the Phoenix area, lending his artistry to film scores, commercial jingles, symphonic productions and stage shows of every description. The list of big-name entertainers with whom McDermand has performed includes Natalie Cole, Tony Bennett, Johnny Cash, Liberace, the Temptations and the Moody Blues.
In 1993 McDermand was invited to join the New York national tour revival tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Jesus Christ, Superstar,” featuring the stars of Norman Jewison’s 1973 motion picture.
Some of the songs included in McDermand’s program include” “A Summer Place,” “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” “Spanish Eyes,” “Guantanamera,” “Blue Bayou,” “Tijuana Taxi,” and more.
Admission to the concert is by admission only. However, tickets for the performance can be purchased at the door at a cost of $25. Memberships are also sold at the performance, according to Wetherbee.
Concert-goers will attest to the enjoyment of each program as these performers love to interact with the audience and can usually coerce one or two audience members on stage to join in on a song. That alone is worth the ticket price.
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