NMJC Ultra-Tsonics to Perform Off-Campus
4/15/2009 1:21:05 a.m. - Hobbs, NM. The New Mexico Junior College Ultra-Tsonics Singers, directed and accompanied by NMJC Music Professor Anne Turner Tsonis, will give two special off-campus concerts in May.
The ensemble of twelve high school, college, and community soloists will perform Friday, May 1, from 6:30-8:30 p.m., at the Pacific Rim Restaurant, located at 1309 W. Joe Harvey Blvd. in Hobbs. Several of the singers will perform in an instrumental ensemble directed and accompanied by Karen Raabe, owner and director of Raabe's School of Music.
The program of classical favorites, Broadway show tunes, Beatles favorites, popular movie songs, and operatic hits will be repeated on Sunday, May 3, in the University of the Southwest library atrium at 3:00 p.m. The public is invited to attend this free concert. Don Williams of Q Systems will provide sound and technical support for both performances.
Performers include Kelsie Wallace, Lovington High School; Mark Jimenez, Hobbs High School; Sarah Granado, Jal High School; and Karen Raabe and Lou Gilless of Hobbs. Other performers from the communities of Hobbs and Lovington or from NMJC include Heather Bunnell, Linda Mendoza, Chelsea Shelton, Brandi Campbell, Randy Duncan, William Raabe II, and Ross Strickland.
According to Tsonis, for several years the Ultra-Tsonics have included two and even three generations performing together. Brandi Campbell, who is a NMJC advanced music major, has performed with her son, Mark Jimenez, a Hobbs High senior. Karen Raabe and her son William are also both active in the Hobbs music and theatre scene. Even Tsonis herself has
performed with her two daughters from Hobbs, Heather Bunnell and Wendy Brickman, both of whom have performed professionally in California. Twice, Tsonis' granddaughters, Rosalyn and Mallory Brickman, students at Hobbs High School, also sang and danced with the group.
Tsonis, a renowned professional singer whose voice has been heard on numerous Hollywood soundtracks, founded the group in 2005. Since that time, the Ultra-Tsonics have made numerous appearances locally, performing with the NMJC Community Band and at NMJC recitals, area churches, fundraisers, and various concerts. To read more about the life of Anne Turner-Tsonis, go to http://www.nmjc.edu/whatishappening/focusonfaces.asp?featureid=470.
For more information about the upcoming performances by the Ultra-Tsonics, please call 575.392.5670.