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.
Now under the direction of Dick Johnson, the legacy of this clarinet titan and musical genius comes to The Smith for one extraordinary matinee 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 has a unique formula that has something for a full spectrum of audiences. 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.
Artie Shaw was born in New York City on May 23,1910 and is now the only survivor of the top echelon of bandleader/soloists from the great swing era of 1935-45. He made his first public appearance as a leader in 1936, in a Swing concert (history's first) held at Broadway's Imperial Theatre.
Come out and experience the boundless Artie Shaw legacy with Dick Johnson in the historic and acoustically superb Smith Opera House. The first three rows of seats in the Smith's auditorium have been (temporarily) removed to allow plenty of room for some good old fashioned swing dancing.
Tickets to the Artie Shaw Orchestra are selling quickly but are still available. They 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 Smith's Web site, www.thesmith.org.
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.