Piano recitals at Chautauqua generally take place in intimate venues with just a few dozen or couple hundred in the audience, but tonight, Alexander Gavrylyuk performs from the biggest stage the Institution offers in front of a few thousand adoring fans.
Named after a Brazilian slang word meaning “country bumpkin,” Matuto plans to intoxicate listeners with its vibrant and refreshing musical cocktail at 8:15 p.m. tonight in the Amphitheater.
Those who jumped, jived and wailed at the 2012 Amphitheater Ball can look forward to a repeat performance tonight. The Ladies First Big Band returns at 8 p.m. to a semi-benchless Amp for a concert that they expect will make Chautauquans of all ages get up and move.
“It’s got to be me,” Loretta LaRoche sings as she ogles herself in a handheld mirror on stage, a jazz quartet playing in the background. It’s a new parody song she’s been working on — bringing together the absurdity of everyday life and American jazz music in a hilarious combination. The piece comments on the selfie outbreak among millennials in a spoof of the classic “It Had To Be You,” made famous by Frank Sinatra.
Arrival from Sweden performs the music of ABBA at the amphitheater on Saturday, June 21.
Despite 40 years of performing in venues all over the world, everywhere from New York City to Sydney, Henry Wayne “K.C.” Casey, leader of KC and the Sunshine Band, still gets nervous before he performs.
“You always get nervous.” Casey said. “The day you’re not nervous is the day your career is over.”
When country music legend K. D. Lang made her latest album with a whole new band, she called it Sing It Loud, and that is just what Chautauquans hope she will do tonight.
At 8 p.m. tonight, after having won more than four Grammys, having sung at the 2010 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony and having a career spanning more than 25 years, Lang is bringing the Siss Boom Bang to the Amphitheater stage for the first time.
Lang, who started her music career with a Patsy Cline cover band called k.d. lang and The Reclines in 1983, grew to popularity on her own as a country and pop artist known for her strong, crooning voice. Sing It Loud, released by k.d. lang and the Siss Boom Bang just last year, shows that Lang’s music is still going strong.
Noel Paul Stookey from Peter, Paul and Mary has rewritten “America the Beautiful.” His wife called him audacious, but Stookey said he was only following the spirit and tradition of folk music.
Although some believe folk music to be dead, Stookey said it is alive and thriving. His own songwriting is a testament and only part of a movement inspired by the folk era of the 1960s that redefined music’s role in the world. Peter, Paul and Mary are some of the unquestionable leaders of that musical era.
Stookey and Peter Yarrow will perform at 8:15 p.m. tonight in the Amphitheater, in a concert “Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Peter, Paul and Mary.” It will be their fourth time performing in Chautauqua, but their first performance without Mary, who died in 2009.