Our beloved jazz singer Marlene VerPlanck has died

The whole orchestra is saddened to hear of the passing of Marlene VerPlanck in January. It was such a pleasure to have her perform with us. Her performance was polished and gracious, and her jazzy style was perfect for the arrangements that Bernie Hoffer made especially for her appearances in Concord with the orchestra.

Violinist Sharon Lamprecht left a tribute on Marlene’s Legacy guest book:

“I had the privilege to meet Marlene in Concord Ma when she sang for us in the Concord Orchestra. What a joy to hear her voice singing my favorite jazz songs to the Bossa Nova rhythm so perfectly. Her velvety voice soothed us musicians and audiences alike. I always hear her voice now whenever I play those jazz tunes. Thank you Marlene.”

Read the Washington Post obituary.

Read a personal tribute by Steve Ember, whos is photographer, voice actor and friend of Marlene VerPlanck.

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