KaZual Holiday

The Forest Park Branch Library starts off the holiday season with A Holiday Celebration this weekend, offering seasonal music with smooth stylings and a modern take on a holiday literature standard, all guaranteed to make the season bright!

Featured performer KaZual

Our program will feature music from the rising R&B vocal group KaZual (pronounced like “casual”).  A cappella singing is their specialty, and their harmonies are as rich and on point as groups like Boyz II Men and Take 6.  But as surely as they can stand toe-to-toe with these groups, KaZual’s style is unique and distinct.  Ask audiences who have seen and heard them as opening acts for Jahiem, Destiny’s Child, Nelly and Ginuwine, or on television shows America’s Got Talent (season 3), The Maury Show and Showtime at the Apollo.  Or check them out at their website.

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O. Henry

Also on program is a performance of the holiday classic The Gift of the Magi.  This adaptation of O. Henry’s acclaimed short story premiered on our 2005 program “Three Tales of the Magi.”  The central character Della is transformed from a young urban housewife of the early nineteen hundreds to a twenty-first century co-ed, struggling to balance school and a new marriage, living on a student’s budget.  Her problem – how to give her husband a special Christmas gift – and ultimate solution remain the same. This version of Magi has been a long time project of staff member Stephen Hart.  Originally conceived as a dramatic monologue, Hart worked on a screen version off and on for many years before finally writing the stage version he had envisioned.

A Holiday Celebration starts at 2 o’clock PM on Saturday, December 5 at the Forest Park Branch Library.  A drawing for door prizes follows the program.

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Hear KaZual in performance at YouTube.  Search using the term “Kazual” (no quotes)

Read the original short story of The Gift of the Magi, then compare with our stage version.  Click here for an online version, or find a print version at CCLS.

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