Love songs the focus of Music Mix concert

TUPELO – Love is in the air at this month’s Music Mix at the Link Centre.
The Monthly Music Mix series strives to bring many different genres of music to the Link Centre, and the 2011-2012 season kicks off Saturday with a presentation of love songs.
Tupelo voice instructor Jauna Ellis is leading the program. Performing with her are Danielle Frerer, Mary Frances Massey, Suzanne Oakley and Kyle Davis, as well as Ellis’ husband, Calvin, and Brian Eads on piano.
The Ellises have presented Broadway Music Mix performances in the past, but with Jauna Ellis in control for this concert, she decided to switch gears.
“Those love songs are timeless,” Ellis said.”
She gives credit to her fellow performers.
Both Massey and Frerer are voice instructors, and Oakley is very involved in musicals at Tupelo Community Theatre. Davis is a senior music major at Blue Mountain College, and Ellis’ husband Calvin is over Wave Connection at Tupelo high School.
The team will tackle love songs from all generations and genres of music.
The program includes classics like Etta James’ “At Last” and a medley of Gershwin tunes, as well as contemporary songs by artists like Carrie Underwood, Sara Bareilles and Whitney Houston.
She and Eads chose a diverse mix of songs so the program could appeal to all audiences.
“Love is all about connecting everyone together,” she said.
Ellis has performed a lot of Broadway tunes at the Link Centre, but is looking forward to singing all about love.
“With Broadway, you’re becoming another character, but with love, you don’t know what storyline of love (the audience) is having,” she said. “Love is a thing that’s priceless. Hopefully we can connect with the audience.”

Monthly Music Mix
WHAT: Love songs with Jauna Ellis, Danielle Frerer, Mary Frances Massey, Suzanne Oakley, Kyle Davis, Calvin Ellis, and Brian Eads on piano

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Link Centre concert hall

COST: $10/adults, $5/students

INFO: (662) 690-4011

Sheena Barnett/NEMS Daily Journal