Celebration Iowa, a feature attraction at this year's Star Spangled Spectacular in Storm Lake July 4th, strives to reflect the quality of Iowa high school music programs in a unique, service-oriented summer music experience.
Together with a talented staff of teachers and professionals, the members of Celebration Iowa present an action-packed two-hour show that includes song, dance, and jazz band favorites for audience members of all ages to enjoy.
During the course of the summer, Celebration Iowa cast members are offered the opportunity to perform over 30 shows in all corners of the state while learning from some of Iowa's finest teachers.
Dr. Dennis Darling, the program's director, says "while performances alone are exciting, most alumni of Celebration Iowa consider their musical development and the friendships formed during the program to be essential to the overall experience." Every year, cast members agree that their experience with Celebration Iowa is truly "the summer of a lifetime."
In its 22nd season, Celebration Iowa's 2004 show will open with a Swing set featuring favorites from the 30's and 40's such as "Sing, Sing, Sing," "Mood Indigo" and "Is You Is, or Is You Ain't Ma' Baby". The first set is followed by a revue of the Spanish flavored opera, "Carmen" which will feature many Spanish dances as well as the ever familiar "Habanera". The show will conclude with a Pop set highlighting favorites from the 50's & 60's. Selected songs include Chuck Berry's "No Particular Place to Go," "Baby, You Can Drive My Car" of Beatles fame and a medley of Beach Boys classics. Sprinkled throughout the performance, the Celebration Iowa Jazz Band will perform many great selections covering many different jazz styles.
Celebration Iowa, a project of Luther College in Decorah, begins its statewide summer tour July 2.