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Five By Design’s “Stay Tuned” takes listeners on a tour through classic TV.

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STAY TUNED: For Five By Design.
  • STAY TUNED: For Five By Design.

The jazzy vocal group Five By Design will join the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra for the kickoff of the ASO’s Pops, Live! series Friday and Saturday, Oct. 6-7, at Robinson Center Music Hall.

Showtimes for “Stay Tuned” are 8 p.m. both nights. Tickets range from $16 to $67 and are available by calling the ASO ticket office at 666-1761.

Brothers Kurt and Terrence Niska, childhood friend Michael Swedburg and Lorie Carpenter-Niska (Kurt’s wife) were part of a Wisconsin college vocal group, Hot Jazz, geared toward jazz and the big band sound. They and Hot Jazz founder Alton Accola created Five By Design. Accola is now the host and narrator, and the voices are joined by alto Sheridan Zuther.

Their first production was “Radio Days,” a patriotic tribute to the golden age of radio that debuted in the late 1980s. The Baltimore Symphony commissioned them to produce “Club Swing” in 2000, with music following the rise and fall of the big band era. “Stay Tuned” is a musical journey through the early days of TV and TV advertising, with classic skits and comedy bits thrown in.

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