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"Celebrating the American Songbook"


April 7, 2018 - 7:30pm


Alkek Fine Arts Center
Weatherford College


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The American Songbook: Known as standards, they are the canons of the most important and influential American popular songs and jazz standards from the early 20th century. Composers represented include George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Billy Strayhorn, Hoagy Carmichael, Harold Arlen, Duke Ellington, Irving Berlin and Jerome Kern, just to name a few. Selections will be performed by Rob Laney, Rick Rainey, Dr. Hyeyoung Song and Miss Sandra Kaye.


April 7 / Saturday / 7:30 p.m.

* Doors open half hour prior to start *



Ticket Price: $10.00

Sandra Kaye

Vocalist MISS SANDRA KAYE has moved in many musical directions, from jazz, R&B to jingles for radio and TV. She has performed through-out the US and internationally in Japan, China, France, Greece, Spain and other countries across the globe. Bessie Smith, Dinah Washington, Peggy Lee, Sarah Vaughn, and Rosemary Clooney are some of her favorite singers. After hearing all these great singers she knew that she was destined to sing the music from the Great American Song Book. Sandra was recognized in 2016 as the Sammons (Dallas) Jazz Artist of the Year.

Dr. Hyeyoung Song
Pianist DR. HYEYOUNG SONG has performed from New York to Korea, and most recently at the American Cathedral in Paris. For the past nine years, she has enthusiastically passed on her knowledge of the piano to students at WC. 

Song discovered her musical talent at a young age, and describes her first piano lesson as a magical moment that changed her life. “As a child, I strongly believed music to be the highest form of art,” she said, “something beyond literature, science, morals.” Besides the desire to play the piano, Song also felt a calling to teach that was solidified by the positive feedback of her supervisor and students when she first began teaching piano at the University of Texas. Her goal as an instructor is to open her students up to the world of classical music.

Robert Laney - Choir Director
has enjoyed being a member of the Weatherford College family as Director of Choirs and Music Instructor for 20 years!

He has taught Music Theory and Musicianship classes for music majors, histories of American popular and western classical music, private voice lessons, and directed the Parker County Community and Weatherford College choirs.

Rob strives to inspire the pearl of discovery inside the heart of each individual student musician. A native Texan, he lives in Fort Worth with his beautiful wife Emily and budding-musician son Weston.

Rick Raney - Voice
is the voice teacher and opera workshop director at Weatherford College. A graduate of Texas Wesleyan University, he currently sings for the Dallas Opera Chorus, is soloist at Second Church of Christian Science in Fort Worth, and has performed many roles with Fort Worth Opera Company. He also has been featured soloist for many other performances including: the gala grand opening of Bass Hall, the Irving Philharmonic, the Arlington Chorale, New Orchestra of Spain, and is a member of Collins Classic Carolers. He has served as an A.G.M.A. delegate, is a member of N.A.T.S., and is a proud Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia alum.