Standard-bearer 

Songbook standards will never go out of style, as long as a select few are willing to hold their torch high. In Oklahoma City, that’s vocalist Darla Zuhdi.

“The standards capture the essence of love,” she said. “Since I was a child, I have always loved this type of music because it fills my soul with joy.”

Performing as Darla Z, she intends to share that feeling with a benefit concert for a favorite charity, the Jasmine Moran Children’s Museum in Seminole. With comedian Ann Lacy, the Valentine’s Day show will be 8 p.m. Monday at the Cox Convention Center, 1 Myriad Gardens. With tickets at $25, all proceeds will benefit the museum. For $100, attendees also can enjoy dinner beforehand at 7 p.m.

“I have a special place in my heart for kids,” Zuhdi said of the chosen charity. She’ll sing nearly two dozen songs that night, most of which will be romantic classics, but also three original tunes.

“One of my favorite standard love songs is ‘Night and Day,’” Zuhdi said. “Of course, a concert comprised of classic love songs must contain an Elvis song or two, so I’ll be singing ‘Can’t Help Falling in Love in You.’” Her newest CD is “Darla Z Live in Concert,” on which she sings the music of the 1930s, ’40s and ’50s, accompanied by Bob Rozario & The Band. A regular Vegas performer, Zuhdi has opened for Willie Nelson and Wayne Newton.

For tickets, call 866-966-1777. For more information, visit darlaz.com. —Rod Lott

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