Archive for Wednesday, November 15, 2000

Attune sings swing music for Habitat for Humanity

November 15, 2000

The musical group Attune, which is comprised of singers from Vinland and the surrounding areas, will perform with a 25-piece band from 2-4 p.m. Sunday at Free State High School, Lawrence.

Proceeds from "Cabaret 2000" will benefit Douglas County Habitat for Humanity. The group expects to surpass the more than $3,000 raised by last year's event, which was attended by about 500 people. Tickets are $10, and available at the door.

Attune's director, pianist and arranger, Don Mueller, Baldwin City, said Firstar Bank, Lawrence, is underwriting the expenses associated with the performance.

"I know we will surpass what we made last year," Mueller said. "Everything from the tickets will be profit."

Seating and a dance area will be available at the performance. Songs will have the "swing era" feel to them, including songs from "The Ballad of Black Jack," a former, long-time musical at the Maple Leaf Festival. Songs from the musical include "Kansas!" and "I'm Bettin' My Hat," which Mueller rewrote to be "In My Habitat Hat."

Mueller said "Cabaret 2000" would appeal to an audience of all ages.

"Our music will come from the 40s and 50s," he said. "It's the 'swing era,' which is popular with the youth today, as well as people like me, who remember it."

Attune performs at churches, nursing homes and other venues. Donations benefit Douglas County Habitat for Humanity.

Attune members are: Gloria Roach, Eloise Craig, Laura Morford and Rita Tutschulte, all from Vinland; Karen Stephenson and Nancy Gibbens, both from Tonganoxie; Fran Lantz, formerly of Baldwin City; Alfred Lata and Michael Kormack, both of Lawrence.

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