GENEVA — The Smith Opera House will host a new food and wine fund-raiser on Saturday, Oct. 15 at the historic theatre, featuring one of the hottest Big Bands around.
“Swing Under the Stars” will feature the Gap Mangione Big Band, fabulous food and Finger Lakes wines served throughout the beautifully restored theatre.
The 14-member band backing Mangione on piano includes trumpets, trombones, saxophones and a vocal section. Its diverse style comes from adding touches of jazz, Latin and rock to the traditional Big Band sound.
Raffle opportunities will also be plentiful, and The Smith will kick off its “Adopt-a-Star” program the same night, inviting supporters to adopt one or more of the stars in the auditorium's ceiling.
Tickets to this event are $45 each or $75 per couple. The “grazing” dinner, which starts at 6 p.m., will be limited to 400 patrons. The concert starts at 8 p.m., and concert-only tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students and senior citizens.