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The Suburbanite
  • On the Beat: Voices of Canton are taking it out to the ballgame

  • About 40 members of the Voices of Canton chorus will harmonize on “God Bless America” on the field at Cleveland’s Progressive Field during the seventh-inning stretch of the Indians-Yankees game Sunday afternoon.

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  • About 40 members of the Voices of Canton chorus will harmonize on “God Bless America” on the field at Cleveland’s Progressive Field during the seventh-inning stretch of the Indians-Yankees game Sunday afternoon.
    “They keep saying it’s going to be a sellout game, so we’ll get lots of exposure. They always put us up on the (Jumbotron) screen,” chorus member Maxine Hegnauer said. This is the group’s fourth annual appearance with the Indians; previously they sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” pre-game.
    Surprisingly, the vocalists, who are volunteering their time, must purchase their own tickets to the game. En route to Cleveland, the chorus will perform during Sunday morning mass at St. Hilary Roman Catholic Church in Fairlawn.
    Voices of Canton will launch its concert season Oct. 2 with two dinner-shows at Community Christian Church in North Canton. Proceeds will be donated to finding a cure for prostate cancer. To commemorate the occasion, the men of the chorus are growing mustaches.
    PHILLY DILLY
    I was saddened to hear of the passing of Phyllis Diller, one of the great funny ladies I remember from childhood, along with Lucille Ball, Carol Burnett and Carol Channing.
    When I was a kid, my parents owned a record album by Phyllis titled “Wet Toe In a Hot Socket” with a wild, gaudy orange cover photo. Recorded in a nightclub in New York City, the album’s sophisticated humor probably went mostly over my grade-school head, but I loved it anyway.
    Years later, I got to interview Phyllis on the phone for The Repository, when she was playing at Carousel Dinner Theater. I remember feeling as if she were doing a stand-up comedy act, loaded with zingers, just for me. Her trademark loud cackling laugh gave me chills that day, the good kind.
    GREAT ART SHOW
    I cannot recommend too highly “Youth and Beauty: Art of the American Twenties,” a traveling exhibition on view through Sept. 16 at the Cleveland Museum of Art. The deeply satisfying show focuses on fresh, vibrant and modern paintings, photography and sculpture created by American artists during the decade bookended by World War I and the Great Depression.
    Familiar artists — Georgia O’Keefe, Thomas Hart Benton, Edward Hopper, Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Weston — are well-represented, but many of the show’s most memorable works are by artists previously unfamiliar to me. I loved the portrait of a monacled woman with her dachshunds by Romaine Brooks; “The Birth of Venus” by Joseph Stella, which depicts a nude woman emerging from a flower amid aquatic life, and the deco-style, jazz-era paintings by Aaron Douglas.
    BIG CONGRATS
    Last week, WHBC’s Wish-a-Thon 2012 raised $85,941 for the Wishes Can Happen charity through listener donations. WHBC air personalities Pam Cook, Matt Fox and Rik Elliot broadcast for 36 hours straight, from 6 a.m. Thursday until 6 p.m. Friday, from a tent at Thursday’s Plaza. Donations still are being accepted at www.whbc.com.
    Page 2 of 2 - NEW MUSIC COMING
    September is looking to be an especially fruitful month for new CDs. Check out this release schedule!
    Sept. 4: Brian Setzer, Animal Collective, Matchbox Twenty, Melissa Etheridge, Bob Mould, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Ian Hunter. Sept. 11: Bob Dylan, Dave Matthews Band, Little Big Town, Avett Brothers, The XX, ZZ Top, David Byrne & St. Vincent, Pet Shop Boys. Sept. 18: Pink, The Killers, Band of Horses, Dwight Yoakam, Grizzly Bear, Paul Simon, Carly Rae Jepson, Big & Rich, Rickie Lee Jones, Aimee Mann. Sept. 25: Green Day, Mumford & Sons, No Doubt, Deadmau5dkane 8/22/12 OK, Joe Bonamassa.