published Friday, February 11th, 2011

'Encores' covers the show-tunes songbook

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    Benjamin Bailey, left, and Michelle Waller will present "Encores From the American Songbook" on Saturday at Chattanooga State.

Soprano Michelle Waller and baritone Benjamin Bailey will present music from Broadway's golden age in a concert Saturday at Chattanooga State Community College. Pianist Mary Ann Hite will accompany the singers.

Presented by the Music Department, "Encores From the American Songbook" will include 25 selections considered standards in musical theater.

Among the composers represented are George Gershwin, Jerome Kern, Cole Porter, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein and Andrew Lloyd Webber. Selections will come from such shows as "Oklahoma," "South Pacific," "My Fair Lady" and "Phantom of the Opera."

Waller, Bailey and Hite are based in Atlanta, though Waller graduated from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a degree in music education.

All three are active in Atlanta's music community, and the singers have extensive performing credits.

IF YOU GO

* What: "Encores From the American Songbook."

* When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

* Where: C.C. Bond Humanities Building, Chattanooga State Community College, 4501 Amnicola Highway.

* Admission: Free.

* Phone: 697-3383.

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