WHEELING?- The Wheeling Symphony Orchestra presents Blues in G Minor with dynamic Canadian vocalist and entertainer Shakura S'Aida Friday, April 20 at 8 p.m. at the historic Capitol Theatre in downtown Wheeling.
S'Aida was a hit at the Heritage Music Blues Fest in Wheeling in 2010. Her high-energy performance and soaring vocals will appeal to blues enthusiasts and symphony-goers alike in a blues-oriented program with orchestrations.
S'Aida is an international artist, whose involvement in the Canadian music scene has been ongoing for the past 30 years, enriching the jazz, blues and classic R&B communities with her soulful voice, enthusiastic personality and commitment to music as an art form.
S'Aida began performing at a young age. Her first steps into music began with a Toronto community band called Mystique, which found her belting out tunes alongside Deborah Cox, and then became the lead singer in the 13-piece world music band, Kaleefah, that would later be nominated for a Juno Award.
She quickly learned how to own the stage and "perform," a skill she has since carried to the musical stage with roles in such productions as "Ain't Misbehavin'" and "Momma, I Want to Sing," and to the theatre as an actress. She's carried off supporting roles in film with Sudz Sutherland's "Doomstown" (2006) and in Frances Anne Solomon's "A Winter Tale" and has been featured in an installment of "Flashpoint" a major CTV television series that's also aired in the U.S.
As a solo artist, S'Aida's career has spanned genres and countries and taken her to some of the most noted stages in the jazz world. She has performed at the Apollo Theatre in New York and has been nominated for numerous Maple Blues Awards over the last four years. She's at home with the repertoires of Ray Charles, Nina Simone and the basic blues catalogue - but always wins audiences over with her own emotionally powerful songs.
Guest conductor for this concert will be Lance Anderson. He also is a successful producer, with recording credits such as Leahy (double Juno, Platinum Virgin Music recording artists) and a number of recent recordings under his own label, Make It Real Records. These include the internationally acclaimed 2B3 the Toronto Sessions, Live at the Wolf by Garth Hudson (The Band), Brotherhood by Blackburn, and All Play and No Work by the Cameo Blues Band. In 2005, Anderson toured Canada as the musical director for international recording artist Roger Whittaker.
The Triadelphia Middle School Jazz band will perform in the lobby prior to the concert at 7 p.m.
WTRF is media sponsor for Blues in G Minor. This performance is a Wheeling Symphony College Concert Series presented by Wheeling Jesuit University. This gives students from 11 area colleges the opportunity to attend at no cost thanks to WJU's generosity. In addition, faculty and staff at all 11 institutions of higher learning can receive half-price tickets to this performance.
Wheeling Symphony concerts are presented with financial assistance from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts.
For ticket information, call 304-232-6191 or 800-395-9241, or visit www.wheelingsymphony.com. Tickets are also available at the WSO Box Office at 1025 Main St., Suite 811 (Mull Center), Wheeling.