Date:   5/1/2010

Vocal jazz group, Five By Design, brings back the "golden age of radio"

On May 1, the vocal jazz group, Five By Design, will bring the Swing era of the 30's, 40's and early 50's to life on stage at the historic Thrasher Opera House in downtown Green Lake.  The renowned, Minnesota-based group  will take us on a musically journey  with classics such as,  "I Feel A Song Comin' On," "Sh' Boom," "Hey There," "Papa Loves Mambo," "New York, New York," "Istanbul,"  "The Girl From Ipanema," "Choo Choo Ch'Boogie", "Pistol-Packin' Momma," and more. 

Five By Design's signature harmonies have withstood the test of time in a career that stands out on America's musical landscape, spanning more than fifteen years.  This nationally-acclaimed vocal quintet has been the choice of symphony orchestras and performing art centers delighting hundreds of thousands.

But Five By Design's creative talents go far beyond their vocal prowess.  As the creative talent behind Radio Days, Club Swing, and Stay Tuned, their productions showcase the group's penchant for storytelling and the comedic.  Whether backed by symphony orchestra or studio big band, Five By Design embraces the unforgettable melodies, lush harmonies, and swinging rhythms that evoke the names of Miller, Mancini and Mercer.

Radio Days, Five By Design’s flagship production, debuted in the 1980's as a patriotic tribute to the “golden age of radio,” commemorating the 50th anniversary of World War II.  Nearly two decades later, Radio Days still receives great reviews.  The Washington Post heralded its Kennedy Center debut with the National Symphony Orchestra as “one of the best pops performances of the season.”

With the success of Radio Days and the renewed interest in swing, the Baltimore Symphony requested another production from Five By Design ultimately leading to the Baltimore premiere of Club Swing in 2001.  The show follows the rise and fall of the big band era from 1937-1955 at the fictional Hotel Crosby, “where the music’s hot, the drinks are cool, and the legend lives forever.”  

Combining their warm, well-rounded signature vocals with vintage fashions and a bit of theatrical panache, Five By Design unveiled their third production in 2006. Stay Tuned is a nod to the “television variety show” and American culture from 1950-1966.

National media exposure includes National Public Radio’s “Weekend Edition–Sunday” and “Swingin’ Down the Lane”; and a feature story in Symphony magazine.  With a touring itinerary averaging 60-plus performances each season, their talents have taken them across the country, up into Canada and as far away as the Bosphorus International Music Festival in Istanbul, Turkey.

Tickets for this fabulous throw-back-in-time, are only $26 and available at the Thrasher office, Knowledge Emporium, Green Lake Bank (Green Lake); Pick N’ Save, Ripon Drug (Ripon); Twister (Princeton) or by calling (920) 294-4279. Online tickets available at

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts, with addition support from CHN Medical Center of Green Lake and Kindred Hearts of Green Lake.  Special accommodations provided by the Heidel House.


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