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April 6, 2012

Four Freshman at Sooner Theatre tonight

NORMAN — Jazzy melodies will conjure visions of famous crooners like Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin when the Four Freshmen fill the Sooner Theatre with swingy vocal harmonies tonight.

Starting in 1948, the group quickly became famous for their renditions of “Graduation Day,” “Poinciana,” “Day by Day” and “Blue World.” Though the faces of the group have changed throughout the years, Bob Ferreira, Brian Eichenberger, Vince Johnson and Curtis Calderon will pay homage to the original group at this weekend’s performance.

“A lot of people ask if there’s a lot of pressure to continue the legacy but we don’t see it like that. The four of us, we take pride in the sound and making it sound the best that we can make it sound,” Ferreira, p singer for the group, said. “The original lead singer, Bob Flanigan, who passed away last year, said that this was the best group since the original group. That says a lot coming from him, who was one of the biggest parts of why that sound was so unique.”

In the 60 plus year history of the group, the four have recorded over 50 albums. Ferreira said the group plays a cross-section of music — from pop to jazz — that spans the history of the group at every concert.

For the Norman concert, Ferreira said the four will be playing some songs that have not been officially released.

The new songs are a part of the group’s most recent recording project, Ferreira said, that will tentatively be released in late spring or early summer. The CD can be purchased online at www.4freshmen.com.

“We basically have a little bit of everything for everyone and we have fun on stage. We like to change it up a little bit,” he said. “I think what a lot of people don’t realize is the Four Freshmen have always accompanied themselves instrumentally.

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