One of the greatest all-around dance bands – The Artie Shaw Orchestra – will perform at 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 29, at the Smith Opera House in Geneva. Tickets are $8 general admission and $3 for senior citizens ages 62 and above. Tickets to the Artie Shaw Orchestra go on sale Friday, May 2, and may be purchased by calling The Smith box office at 315-781-LIVE or toll free at 1-866-355-LIVE. They are also available at Area Records and Music and the Hobart and William Smith Colleges Bookstore in Geneva and Lyons National Bank in Lyons. For more information, visit the Web site www.thesmith.org.
Now under the direction of Dick Johnson, the legacy of this clarinet titan comes to The Smith for one extraordinary performance saluting those who recall the historic theater in its heyday – the region’s senior citizens. Taking the country by storm, swing dancing from the 1940s is a lively, invigorating and intimate form of participatory entertainment for dancers of all ages. The Artie Shaw Orchestra featuring some of the nation's finest jazz musicians has traveled throughout the country performing its swing classics including “Star Dust,” “Moonglow,” “Dancing in the Dark,” and “Begin the Beguine” to rave reviews.
The orchestra focuses on Big Band and jazz music and performs old classics and new songs in each concert. Johnson has recorded extensively for the Concord Jazz record label with his friend and piano virtuoso Dave McKenna. He was also praised in a New York City media article by the great Benny Goodman.
The Smith Opera House is located at 82 Seneca Street in Geneva. The Smith is supported, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, the City of Geneva, the Town of Geneva and by contributions from individual supporters.