Five By Design to perform 'Club Swing' Oct. 1

Five by Design will celebrate the songs and music that defined American popular culture during the swing era in “Club Swing,” a RIC Performing Arts Series presentation on Thursday, Oct. 1, at 7:30 p.m. in the Auditorium of Robert’s Hall.

The story behind the legendary musical “Club Swing” focuses on the fictional nightspot of the same name that will soon be torn down. Former mixologist Joe Sullivan reminisces about the good old days of hot music, cool drinks and an open dance floor as the art deco bar is illuminated with the splendor Club Swing once was.

Five By Design opens “Club Swing” with Benny Goodman’s high-energy “Bugle Call Rag” and performs songs such as Nat King Cole’s “Mona Lisa” and Spike Jones’ “Cocktails for Two,” concluding with Louis Prima’s “Sing, Sing, Sing.” Audiences will be enchanted by the effortless combination of theatrics and music in “Club Swing.”

The Minneapolis-based quintet is the first vocal group to successfully establish its own production company to create and star in its own original musical productions for symphony orchestras and big bands.

Five by Design has performed with over 100 of the leading symphonies and orchestras in the U.S. and Canada. The ensemble’s first production, “Radio Days,” was debuted in 1994 with the Milwaukee Symphony. The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra appointed Five by Design to create a new show in 1999, which became “Club Swing.”

The talents behind Five by Design are Lorie Carpenter-Niska, Sheridan Zuther, Kurt Niska, Michael Swedberg and Terrence Niska.

For more information and a full synopsis of “Club Swing,” visit

Tickets for Five By Design are $35. Discounts are available for seniors, children, and RIC faculty/staff/students/alumni. For your convenience, tickets can be purchased in advance via Visa or MasterCard by calling (401) 456-8144 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays; online at; or in person at the Roberts Hall Box Office, which will open for sales two hours prior to performance start time.

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