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Harry Aldrich, founder of the Parade Street Dixieland Jazz Band

Parade Street Jazz Band plays out 2012 Season

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.”

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A group in the Barbershop Harmony Parade perform last season in the Amphitheater. Daily file photo.

Barbershop Harmony Parade returns to Amp

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.

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Young musicians bring fusion of music genres to Amp stage

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.”

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The East Winds Symphonic Band. Submitted photo.

East Winds Symphonic Band ‘steps out’ into Chautauqua

“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.

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New York State Summer School of the Arts students sing during the group’s 2011 Amp performance. Daily file photo.

NYSSSA choir brings young voices to Amp

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.”

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Keith M. Wilkinson, musical director of the Brass Band of the Western Reserve, conducts the band during its Amphitheater performance last season. Daily file photo.

Western Reserve band returns for 9th year

The vibrant brass band sound that has become a staple of the Chautauqua season returns to the Amphitheater at 2:30 p.m. Sunday when the Brass Band of the Western Reserve graces the stage once again.

Now in its 14th year, the group of brass players and percussionists from Northeast Ohio has grown to become of the country’s elite brass bands, competing year after year in the Championship Section of the North American Brass Band Championships. They have performed at Chautauqua every year since 2004.

“When we play, we give our everything in terms of making music,” said the band’s director, Keith M. Wilkson, in a previous interview with The Chautauquan Daily. “We play high quality, and we play good repertoire, so we don’t hold anything back.”

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The American Legion Band will kick off a week of Fourth of July celebrations Sunday afternoon in the Amphitheater. Daily file photo.

Legion Band to kick off Fourth celebrations

On Sunday at 2:30 p.m., the Amphitheater will resound with American favorites as the American Legion Band of the Tonawandas, Post 264, performs its technically challenging and crowd-rousing marches, dances and show tunes.

The American Legion Band will play patriotic songs to start the Fourth of July celebrations, and display the breadth of their repertoire with classics from Gershwin and Tchaikovsky.

“We try to program for family entertainment,” said David Abrahamian, the band’s president.

There will be a little something for everyone.

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The U.S. Army Field Band & Soldiers' Chorus perform in the Amphitheater in 2011. Daily file photo

On season’s first Sunday, patriotic tradition rolls on

President Teddy Roosevelt described Chautauqua as “the most American thing in America.” The 2012 Season — like the majority of seasons over the last 30 years — will open with one of the most spectacular displays of patriotism in the country.

The U.S. Army Field Band and Soldiers’ Chorus will get the season off to a start 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the Amphitheater.

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