The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

October 5, 2012

Jubilant Sykes kicks off Thomas Jefferson concert series

By Emily Younker
Globe Staff Writer

JOPLIN, Mo. — Jubilant Sykes will open Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School’s concert and theater series with a performance at 7 p.m. Saturday. The yearlong series of six musical and family-theater events is a first for the school, which opened its new 404-seat concert hall last fall, music teacher John Atteberry said.

“First of all, we are looking for events that our students can participate in and learn from, which is a very special quality, I think, to our program,” he said. “We were looking for things that will entertain and inspire our children, from the youngest children to high school students.”

Sykes, a baritone, was a Grammy Award nominee for Best Classical Record in 2010. He has also been a featured soloist with orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, London Symphony, Boston Symphony and Chicago Symphony. His performance will feature Mark Rice on piano, as well as Thomas Jefferson student choirs and orchestras.

Atteberry said the rest of the lineup consists of “highly entertaining” performances.

“It might be entertainment, but it’s also the experience of hearing these professionals and artists,” he said. “They get to travel all over the world, and we get to see them live right here in Joplin. There’s no comparison to a live performance.”

The concert series also features:

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All events will take place at the Thomas Jefferson concert hall, 3401 E. Newman Road in Joplin.

Tickets can be purchased online at