One of the greatest all-around dance bands – The Artie Shaw Orchestra – will perform at the Smith Opera House at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 14. Tickets for this special big band performance go on sale at noon on Monday, Jan. 24. They are $10 general admission and $5 for senior citizens ages 62 and above.
Now under the direction of Dick Johnson, the legacy of this clarinet titan and musical genius who just passed away at the age of 94 on Dec. 30, returns to The Smith for one extraordinary performance saluting those who recall the historic theater in its heyday – the region’s senior citizens .
Big band and swing dancing from the 1940s was 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 piano virtuoso Dave McKenna.
Tickets may be purchased by calling The Smith box office at 315-781-LIVE or toll free at 1-866-355-LIVE. They will also be available at Area Records and Music. For more information, visit www.thesmith.org.
Because The Smith's annual big band shows honoring area seniors regularly sell out, the historic venue's staff recommends purchasing tickets early to guarantee a spot to see the hottest big band jazz group coming to town this season.
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 members.