The six-man ensemble Razzer’s Jazzers is ready to fill the Amphitheater with the free-form, swinging sounds of traditional Dixieland jazz.
George Jarrell thinks Chautauqua Institution and barbershop quartets have a lot in common.
Junior Guilders in flapper dresses, vests, cheerleading and gymnastics uniforms, and red, white and blue attire will tap dance, somersault, sashay and sing across the Amphitheater stage in their summer performance, Our World.
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.