EFFINGHAM — Singer Lisa Rock and her six-piece band are bringing the music of The Carpenters back to the stage with Close to You: The Music of The Carpenters at the Effingham Performance Center at 8 p.m. May 4.

The Carpenters’ memorable love songs topped the Billboard charts with more than a dozen number one hits. Now, singer and playwright Lisa Rock has arranged a six-piece band, complete with back-up singers, and together they are dedicated to creating a Carpenters experience like no other.

Rock’s four octave range allows her to sing the hits like “We’ve Only Just Begun” and “Rainy Days and Mondays” in their original key, keeping the songs genuine and more recognizable for the audience. “When she hits the lower range of her marvelous voice,” notes Chicago critic Alan Bresloff, “if you close your eyes, you can see Karen Carpenter’s face.”

But Rock goes beyond the music in her concert. She draws the crowd in with anecdotes about Karen and Richard Carpenter, their lives and how some of the songs originated.

The Effingham Performance Center is located at 1325 Outer Belt West in Effingham. Tickets can be purchased at www.the-epc.org or by calling the Box Office at 217-540-2788.

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