Burncoat Quadrivium Joins "The Gambler" for His Final Tour

Kenny Rogers

On December 12, the Burncoat High School Quadrivium Chorus will join Country Music Hall of Fame superstar Kenny Rogers as he takes the stage at Mohegan Sun Casino for his final performance ever in Southern New England. Earlier this year, the multi-platinum recording artist announced that his "Once Again, It’s Christmas" tour would be his last. ‘The Gambler’, who is 77 years old, has been averaging 200+ nights on the road since he became a musician in the mid-1950s and is looking forward to a less hectic performance schedule.

Kenny Rogers’ Christmas concerts have been a tradition for over thirty years and this will be the BHS Quad’s fourth opportunity to be a part of his Christmas performance. It is always a special event for the BHS students, but this year will be all the more important for them as they share his last Christmas show at Mohegan Sun. Students have been preparing in class as well as meeting for extra rehearsals every Tuesday evening since the beginning of October to learn the very difficult repertoire that they will perform that evening.

"It is an experience like nothing else I can ever give the kids," said Quadrivium Director, Dave Twiss. "To be on stage with 10,000 people looking back you can be very frightening, but to feel the love and joy that each of those 10,000 people project up to the stage is absolutely breathtaking."

Kenny Rogers began his career as a teenager in the mid-1950s when he became the bass player for the band "The Scholars" who had a minor hit with the song Poor Little Doggie. Later, he played bass for "The New Christie Minstrels" until 1967, when he moved to the microphone as the lead singer of "The First Edition." Many hits such as I Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In), Something’s Burning, Rueben James and the number-one-hit, Ruby (Don’t Take Your Love To Town, followed.

In 1976, Kenny Rogers became a solo performer. His 1977 hit Lucille made him a star, but his 1978 hit The Gambler made him a Superstar on every continent.

According to The Recording Industry Association of America, Kenny Rogers is the eighth largest selling artist of all time with 1 Diamond album, 19 Platinum albums, 31 Gold albums and sales of more than 120 million records worldwide. His Greatest Hits has sold over 24 million copies worldwide. He is the first country artist to consistently sell out arenas playing to millions of fans around the world. He is also one of only four artists to have had records appear in the Billboard Charts within each of the last seven decades (50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, 2000’s and 2010’s).

For the students at Burncoat High School, Kenny Rogers was most notable as the man from the GEICO commercial until they started to prepare to work with him. Then, they started listening to his record catalog and realized how many of his songs they have known their entire lives.

For more information on regarding this story, please contact Dave Twiss at (508)868-7488 or twissdj@worc.k12.ma.us.