Showing posts from October, 2012

The Augusta Chronicle - War Bonds

'War Bonds' show is musical journey through WWII By Timothy Cox Correspondent Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012 On Nov. 9, musical theater enthusiasts will get a chance to sample a 70-year-old piece of Americana during a performance known as War Bonds: The Songs and Letters of World War II.
SPECIAL David zum Brunnen and Serena Ebhardt will bring the songs and letters of the World War II era to the stage. The production is sponsored by Mike Deas of Augusta Amusements Inc., who has a deep interest in big-band, blues and jazz music.

The show features the husband-and-wife team of David zum Brunnen and Serena Ebhardt. The vocalists will be accompanied by their pianist and four musicians from the Augusta Amusements Big Band, Deas said.

Joining the Big Band will be Augusta native and internationally acclaimed trombonist Wycliffe Gordon.

The Butler High School graduate worked with Grammy-winning trumpeter Wynton Marsalis for more than a decade. Gordon is widely considered the wor…

‘War Bonds’ uses letters to show societal impact

October 20, 2012

War Bonds was performed in the Benjamin Russell High School auditorium Thursday evening. | Kenneth Boone

By Virginia Spears
‘War Bonds’ uses letters to show societal impact

Published 9:10am Saturday, October 20, 2012

Alexander City Arts, Inc., kicked off the 2012-2013 season at Benjamin Russell High School Thursday with the EBZB production of War Bonds: The Songs & Letters of World War II.

Actors Serena Ebhardt and David zum Brunnen arranged the revue, which opened with a recording of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s radio news report of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Ebhardt and zum Brunnen, accompanied by pianist Greg Dixon, then carried their audience on an energetic, enthusiastic and sometimes emotional journey through the war years. Their innovative history lesson contrasted humorous aspects of the awkwardness of war with its harsh realities through songs and authentic letters from the period.

The revue highlighted hits, such as “This is My Country,” “Boo…

Arts in Education Resources

Arts in Education Resources
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Wycliffe Gordon joins EbzB's Production of War Bonds for performance in Evans, Georgia on November 9, 2012.


Wycliffe Gordon joins EbzB's Production of War Bonds for performance in Evans, Georgia on November 9, 2012. In 1995 he re-orchestrated NPR's "All Things Considered" theme song. Wycliffe Gordon

In One ERA: Study Guide Resources

Curious?   The links below relate to what you see "In One ERA and Out The Other" by EbzB Productions. The Authentic History Center

Building the Pentagon, 1940s | The Pentagon: Rare and Unpublished Pictures

The Inauguration of President Calvin Coolidge in 19251

Never-before-seen photos from 100 years ago tell vivid story of gritty New York.

Woodstock Music and Art Fair, 1969 | LIFE at Woodstock, 1969 |

World Trade Center, c.1985 Print by Andy Warhol at

Pitching High Octane Performance: IN ONE ERA

Hello Presenters!

Wishing all of you well as you begin the 2012/13 season and sell-out performances for each event! With meetings and reviews abounding, I hope you will turn your attention to SERENA EBHARDT and her one woman tour de force contemporary & historical cabaret show, "IN ONE ERA, OUT THE OTHER"!

Serena's passion is manifested in her quest for excellence and education, and her talent for teaching and energy for life and learning is paramount in her craft as an actress and writer.

Everyone working in education will instantly appreciate how Serena weaves the medicine of "education" in a marvelous and unique tribute to our nation and her own beloved country and family. Your audiences will forget their cell phones and game boys and be transported to an on stage YouTube for the mind and soul.............

IN ONE ERA covers iconic Americans from the world of politics, religion, athletics, arts, science, and of course, entertainers from cinema to s…

Night Before Christmas Carol Comes To Davie County Arts Council

We invite you to join us on Saturday, December 8 for "The Night Before Christmas Carol" - a holiday performance for the whole family at the BPAC in beautiful downtown Mocksville!

Join Charles Dickens in his study on Friday the thirteenth, 1843. History, humor and the holiday come to life in this entertaining family play. Renowned Dickens scholar and author, Dr. Elliot Engel, crafts this entertaining study that is suitable for all ages.

Tickets: Adults $12; Students/Seniors: $10. Visit or call 336/751-3000 for tickets and more info.

Compliment: IN ONE ERA, CAF

Dear Serena,

On behalf of the Carteret Arts Forum, I would like to thank you again for your wonderful performance at our Carteret Arts Forum first program of the Season.

The Program Committee wanted to have strong programs to begin and end our Season and we were right on target with your "In One Era and Out The Other."

We have received many wonderful comments on your performance. One subscriber said he knows he missed some important history facts and would love to see it again. He was very impressed how much history you shared, while singing with your beautiful voice and with the accompaniment of Julie Florin and Drew. We all loved the audience participation. It was truly an outstanding cabaret.

We all enjoyed meeting you and David and your son. Your son is an amazing young man. We enjoyed getting to know you all better at dinner. Bill Colbert, the Chairman for your program, said it was a pleasure to work with you all.

Please keep in touch, we would love for you to return i…

Compliment: In One Era, Carteret Arts Forum


It was such a treat having you all with us. Thank you for being the perfect artists in residence. Yes! We'd love to have you back and we'd love to tell the world how great you are. Most important: I think you should feel very proud of what I found from the feedback.

Bill Colbert
Carteret Arts Forum
Morehead City, NC

Below are comments collected from our audience after the show...

Serena Ebhardt's narrative on 20th century American History was most accurate and enlightening. She spoke and sang in tones that were most audible.You could understand every word she sang. The pictures she selected to use were most effective. She made me feel that she was talking to me and not a general audience.

The sincerity in Ms. Ebhardt’s voice was so clear. She came off the stage and mingled with the audience. After the show she answered all questions and did not rush anyone off. She gave out Cracker Jacks (that we haven’t seen for years). And, she smiled almost throughout the s…