One of the best entertainment values for your dollar can be found in Cambridge, Ohio through the Cambridge Concert Association. For Senior Citizens, it is a real bargain at $25 per year. This includes four concerts at our home theater, Scottish Rite Auditorium, plus four reciprocating concerts at each of three other locations: Zanesville, Lancaster, and Alliance. What a deal!
These concerts are varied and appeal to many types of music lovers varying from classical music to vocal and dance. Usually at least once a year, an old favorite will appear such as recent appearances by the Osmonds and Tony Orlando.
One recent concert was given by Michael Sonata, who does a very life-like presentation of Frank Sinatra, “Ol’ Blue Eyes.” He played to a full house and the crowd loved him. Michael is from Canton, OH and graduated from University of Notre Dame as well as earning his masters degree from Kent State University.
Auditioning for a role in a local murder-mystery, The Contraltos, Michael developed his entertaining re-creation of Sinatra’s music and unique style of singing. He does such a meticulous job of matching his voice as well as his movements to those of Sinatra that several people said they couldn’t tell the difference, especially if they closed their eyes.
Over the years, he has expanded by including different Sinatra moods: young innocence of The Columbia years, swinging revival of The Capitol years, and confidence of the Chairman during the Reprise years. He now uses over 90 songs that Sinatra has recorded and constantly adds new ones to his repertoire.
Backed up by a great 12 piece band, there was lots of variety along with some excellent instrumental solos by different sections of the band. Included were such hits as: “Stranger in the Night,” “My Way,” and “Night and Day.”
Cambridge was indeed fortunate to have the “Ol’ Blue Eyes” experience through the presence of Michael Sonata, one of the most sought after Frank Sinatra tribute artists in the country.
Join the Cambridge Concert Association at any of their programs as they are always enjoyable and filled with a variety of musical styles that are sure to satisfy music lovers in the area. Concerts are sponsored in part by the Ohio Arts Council and Pennsylvania Arts on Tour.