Thursday, March 12, 2009

SCERA hosts Osmonds Second Generation in pair of concerts

Matt Reichman - Daily Herald

Considering the unending and unnatural supply of music running through their veins, one has to wonder whether the Osmond clan was not born, but maybe concocted in a lab experiment involving the von Trapp children from "The Sound of Music" and the Pontipee lumberjack brothers from "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers."

Osmondmania is still rolling thanks to the Osmonds Second Generation, which will be visiting the SCERA Center for the Arts this weekend.

"The family's spectacular showmanship seems to be imbedded in their DNA," Adam J. Robertson, SCERA's president and CEO, said in news release. "They are entertainers through and through."

The Osmonds Second Generation includes eight brothers -- Michael, Nathan, Doug, David, Scott, Alex, Jon and Tyler -- the sons of Alan Osmond, an original member of the famous family performing group.

Saturday's show, a one-night appearance, will feature classic group numbers, anything from a cappella to pop covers to selections from "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat."

"Definitely a fun family show, and high energy for sure," said Nathan, the second oldest at 32, who sings and plays the piano in the group. "There will be some dancing in there. You never know what we'll have up our sleeves."

It will also showcase the solo careers of certain brothers, including country songs by Nathan and Doug, and a few numbers by David, who recently made it all the way to the Hollywood round on this season's "American Idol."

"I joke with people now that I've gone from being Donny's nephew to David's brother," said Doug, 31, and the drummer of the group. "There's total support between the brothers. No jealousy at all."

Michael, Nathan, Doug and David began as a quartet in the mid-80s, and the younger siblings joined later on. Fortunately for them, their father/mentor knew a little bit about the music game and has helped them succeed.

"We had a dance studio in our basement growing up," Doug said. "We'd get up early, early in the morning to rehearse our dances and instruments. My dad told us that if we're going to do this, we're going to do it right, and not ride on the name of what he and his brothers did."

However, despite their closeness, it's been over a decade since they've all been on the same stage.

"One of us is always on a mission," Doug said, referring to the two-year proselytizing missions of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Since its inception, the group has traveled across the United States, and then on to Canada, Great Britain, Germany, Ireland, Scotland, Japan, Taiwan and more. Although the brothers love to play to the home crowd, performances in Utah are somewhat rare because they like to "keep Utah home," as Nathan put it.

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If you go

The Osmonds Second Generation

When: Saturday at 7 and 9 p.m.

Where: The SCERA Center for the Arts, 745 S. State St., Orem

Tickets: $10 for adults, $8 for children, students with school IDs, and seniors. Early show is sold out, but tickets for the 9 p.m. show are still available.

Info: 801-225-ARTS,

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