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April 27, 2005
Contact: John Paul Johnson, School of Fine Arts, (785) 864-9699.

KU a cappella group Genuine Imitation to give cancer benefit concert May 2


LAWRENCE -- Genuine Imitation, an 11-member University of Kansas a cappella mixed ensemble, will present a program of vocal selections at 8 p.m. Monday, May 2, at the Granada, 1020 Massachusetts St., to benefit cancer research. Proceeds from the $5 ticket price will be donated to Relay for Life.

According to Shannon Marsh, Genuine Imitation's business manager and ensemble member, the group's varied repertoire includes oldies, choral works, rock, carols and traditional arrangements, with music from "Ave Maria" and KU fight songs to selections by the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Five for Fighting, Elliot Lurie, The Nylons, Desree, Evanescence, Fastball and others spanning several generations and a multitude of sounds.

The show, expected to last about an hour, is one of several Genuine Imitation philanthropic activities for Relay for Life events in May, Marsh said. The group will participate in Relay for Life at KU from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. May 6 and 7 at Memorial Stadium, both with musical performances and walking for 12 consecutive hours to benefit cancer research. In addition, three of the ensemble members have donated more than 10 inches of their hair to the Locks of Love organization, which makes hairpieces for children who have lost their hair as a result of medical conditions or treatment, frequently cancer-related.

Now in its second year, Genuine Imitation performed at KU's Relay for Life last year and at KU's 80th annual Holiday Vespers in addition to special events and classroom presentations. John Paul Johnson, professor of music and dance at KU, is the group's faculty sponsor. For more information about upcoming auditions or events, or to contact Genuine Imitation, visit www.genuineimitation.org.

Members, their hometowns, majors, parents' names, high school, musical part and other roles are:

DOUGLAS COUNTY
From Lawrence
Brandon Bowman, sophomore in music education and music composition, son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Bowman; Lawrence High School; tenor.
Stephanie Depung, freshman in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, daughter of Joyce Helsel; Lawrence Free State High School; alto.
Nick Mosher, senior in theatre design, son of Paul and Kathy Mosher; Lawrence High School; bass; Locks of Love donor.
Matthew Pool, sophomore in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, son of Jan Pool; Lawrence Free State High School; tenor.

From Lawrence and Shawnee
Bill Parrott, Lawrence, freshman in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, son of Patti Kelsey, Shawnee; Shawnee Mission Northwest High School; tenor and vocal percussionist; Web master.

JOHNSON COUNTY
From Lenexa
Shannon Marsh, senior in history, music education and political science, daughter of Joseph and Jennifer Marsh; Shawnee Mission Northwest High School; alto, Locks of Love donor, business manager.

From Shawnee and Lawrence
Bill Parrott. See Douglas County.

NORTON COUNTY
From Norton
Seth Lofgreen, doctoral student in pharmacy, son of Jon and Elaine Lofgreen; Norton High School; bass and vocal percussionist.

SALINE COUNTY
From Salina
Lindsay Taylor, junior in music education, daughter of Steven and Marsha Taylor; Salina South High School; mezzo-soprano.

SHAWNEE COUNTY
From Topeka
Tina Towle, junior in music education, daughter of Charles and Dana Towle; Topeka West High School; soprano, artistic director.

COLORADO
From Broomfield
Angela Grosso, junior in music therapy, daughter of Debra Geolfos; Fairview High School; soprano, Locks of Love donor.

MISSOURI
From New Melle
Josh Hillmann, senior in piano performance, son of Lester and Martha Hillmann; home schooled; bass, music director.

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