One of the best all-around dance bands – The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra – perform on Friday, April 16, at the Smith Opera House in Geneva. Tickets are $10 general admission and $5 for senior citizens ages 62 and above. Doors open at 6 p.m. for the 7 p.m. show.
Now under the direction of trombonist Buddy Morrow and featuring vocalist Walt Andrus, the legacy of this musical genius comes to The Smith for one performance saluting those who recall the historic Geneva landmark when Tommy Dorsey was originally a headliner — the region's senior citizens.
“It's about time somebody things going again.” Tommy said at the time. “You can't expect to have, any real interest in dance bands if the bands don't go around the country and play for the kids.”
As the band's current conductor, Buddy Morrow insists that it retain the authentic sound and style of the late Tommy Dorsey and still have the elasticity to meet every musical situation. They play dances and concerts with the same high level of expertise.
The band's repertoire embraces not only the classics of the original Dorsey Orchestra, but also the spectrum of popular music from Dixieland, rhythm and blues and intricate ballads to progressive jazz and contemporary tunes. Its library also has a nostalgic representation of those familiar tunes of the 40s, so irreplaceable to the many that loved and still remember Big Bands.
Buddy Morrow is one of the rare and original Big Band leaders of today; a man whose skill on his horn is both inspiration to his band and a thrill to audiences wherever they appear. The Tommy Dorsey orchestra led by Buddy Morrow represents explosive and swinging Big Band entertainment its best.
Tickets are available at The Smith box office, Area Records and Music, HWS Bookstore and Lyons National Bank. Call 315-781-LIVE (5483) or toll-free 866-355-LIVE (5483) for more information or to purchase tickets. The Smith accepts MasterCard, Visa and Discover.
The Smith Opera House is located at 82 Seneca Street in Geneva. The Smith is generously supported with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, the City of Geneva, the Town of Geneva and by individual contributing members.
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