Some people equate the word “radio” with FDR’s fireside chats, helter-skelter antennae and news broadcasts. Younger people may conjure up images of stereos and Sirius FM. Ken Hardley wants to bring back the former.
The New York State Summer School of the Arts School of Choral Studies has been performing for Chautauqua audiences for as long as Jared Berry can remember, taking the Amphitheater stage to perform songs both classical and contemporary.
The Brass Band of the Western Reserve will round out Independence Day weekend at 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the Amphitheater with a concert titled “From Sea to Shining Sea.”
The U.S. Army Field Band & Soldiers’ Chorus has been coming to Chautauqua Institution for years. But last year, they were noticeably absent.
The American Legion Band of the Tonawandas may have performed all over the nation and even in several international venues, but for some reason it can’t stay away from Chautauqua.
The Parade Street Dixieland Jazz Band begins its Chautauqua debut performance at 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the Amphitheater.
The seven-member band features Harry Aldrich, tenor banjo; Sonny Froman, drumset; Keith Lenz, trumpet; John Marszalek, clarinet; Marilyn Marszalek, piano; Kent Tucker, trombone; and Gary Viebranz, sousaphone.
The group will play a program of musical favorites in a jazz interpretation including “Hello Dolly,” “Armed Forces Medley” and “Sweet Georgia Brown.” Jazz favorites include “Bourbon Street Blues,” “Maple Leaf Rag” and “Dark Town Strutter’s Ball.”
Barbershop quartets are not just a gleeful group of men wearing striped jackets and bow ties, singing songs from the past. They are a ferociously loyal assembly of men, or women, who capture music and weave it into a harmony bringing smiles to the faces of anyone listening.
Sunday at 2:30 p.m. in the Amphitheater, the Barbershop Harmony Parade will return to Chautauqua. The event will involve performances by some of the most accomplished barbershop quartets in the Seneca Land District, which is comprised of Upstate New York and Northwestern Pennsylvania.
Chautauquans have had the opportunity to see a wide variety of musical performances this season. Crooners and pop-rockers from the 1960s, the ever-present Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra and the smooth sounds of Peter and Paul have attracted capacity audiences to the Amphitheater.
Now the Institution will see an amalgamation of all of those sounds when the Infinity Visual and Performing Arts Inc.’s big band and jazz ensemble, Milestones, come to Chautauqua at 2:30 p.m. Sunday.
John Cross, director of the big band, said the several components of the ensemble create a unique sound compared to traditional four- or five-piece bands.
“It’s almost orchestral from a composer’s point of view,” Cross said. “You’re able to have so many different voices that you wouldn’t be able to create with a smaller group.”
“We have a bit of everything,” said conductor Susan Sands about the East Winds Symphonic Band’s performance “Stepping Out” at 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the Amphitheater.
“We’re stepping out in so many different ways with dances and marches, from ‘The Wizard of Oz’ to ‘Harry Potter,’” she said about the program.
It includes Leroy Anderson’s arranged “Seventy Six Trombones” and Jaromir Weinberger’s organ-infused “Polka and Fugue,” from the opera Schwanda the Bagpiper.
The younger generation will take over the Amphitheater stage for an afternoon when the New York State Summer School of the Arts choir performs at 2:30 p.m. Sunday.
The choir and its subdivisions, a men’s chorus and women’s chorus, are comprised of a selective group of students, ages 13 to 19, from throughout New York State — Buffalo to Brooklyn.
They are from all different backgrounds, said Hugh Floyd, artistic director of the NYSSSA School of Choral Studies.
“Some of them come from a musical theater background, some come from a gospel background and some come from a children’s choir background. So they have naturally different voices from one another,” Floyd said. “What we want to do is create a blended sound of individuals rather than just make them all sound alike.”