"The Music of Love” Celebrates Love Songs Performed By Some Of Nashville's Top Theatre Professionals
Jama Bowen, Bakari King, Vicki White and Nathan Brown to be featured at Scarritt-Bennett Center’s 25th Anniversary Performance Series
In a place well known for romance, where thousands of couples have tied the knot, Scarritt-Bennett’s 25th Anniversary Performance Series will present “The Music of Love” in the acoustically perfect Wightman Chapel at Scarritt-Bennett on Monday, February 11 at 7:00 p.m.
With Valentine’s Day highlighting the week’s celebrations, audiences are in for a treat as four of Nashville’s top theatre professionals unite to perform some of the greatest love songs spanning the century. Jama Bowen, Bakari King, Vicki White, and Nathan Brown will fill the evening with classic pop tunes, jazz standards, and songs from Broadway’s most beloved musicals, with nods to Nat King Cole, Manhattan Transfer, “Babes In Arms,” “Ragtime,” and many more.
Former recording and touring artist Jama Bowen’s musical career has taken her around the world including the international jazz festival in Primorsko, Bulgaria, along with fellow vocalist Sheryl Crow. After gaining ground as a Nashville studio singer and landing a recording contract, the versatile vocalist toured the U.S. as a headliner, and opened for celebrities including George Jones and the Oak Ridge Boys. Bowen’s versatility is also evident as an actress, with recent roles including all-American 1950s mom Marion Cunningham, “Happy Days,” Roxy Regional Theatre; Stephen Sondheim’s 1853 Geisha Madame, “Pacific Overtures,” Blackbird Theatre; trailer park agoraphobic Jeannie Garstecki, “Great American Trailer Park Musical,” Gaslight Dinner Theatre; and French film producer Liliane La Fleur, “Nine,” Boiler Room Theatre.
Veteran actor and singer Bakari King’s richly-textured baritone recently brought to life the man-eating Audrey plant in Tennessee Rep’s production of “Little Shop of Horrors.” Also with the Rep, King has been seen in “Big River” and “To Kill a Mockingbird,” as well as in the Nashville Opera’s “Difficulty of Crossing a Field.” In addition to appearing on stage, King has served as a theatre instructor at University School of Nashville since 2007.
Vicki White is a classically trained soprano who has performed in regional theatre across the U.S, opera, and on cruise ships internationally. She was twice nominated for the prestigious “Carbonell Award” which recognizes excellence in South Florida professional theatre. Vicki has performed with such Broadway luminaries as Kristin Chenoweth, Jo Anne Worley, and Ron Raines. She is the soprano soloist at First Lutheran Evangelical Church in downtown Nashville where she also directs the children’s choir.
Nathan Brown currently serves as Associate Director/Resident Music Director for The Renaissance Center in Dickson, where he has worked on more than 50 productions including “Hello, Dolly,” “Anything Goes,” “A Chorus Line,” “Cats,” “Oklahoma,” “Annie,” “The Music Man,” “Children of Eden,” “Smoke on the Mountain” and “Once Upon a Mattress.” He has also performed in theatres across the U.S. In addition, Brown teaches voice at The Renaissance Center.
Scarritt-Bennett's Performance Series is a year-long monthly concert series aimed at raising awareness and funding for the historic facility and its outstanding community enhancement programs that focus on eradicating racism, cross-cultural awareness, empowerment of women and spiritual renewal.
Tickets are $25 for general seating and $50 for VIP seating.
For more information or tickets, visit www.scarrittbennett.org/programs/ps.aspx
About Scarritt-Bennett Center
Scarritt-Bennett Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit education, retreat and conference center with a strong commitment to promoting racial equality, cross-cultural understanding, the empowerment of women and spiritual renewal.
Support through the rental of our historic facilities and donations helps us to offer programs that continue this mission. For more information, visit www.scarrittbennett.org.