Posts Tagged 'Independence Day'

Jacobsen brings Americana to Tallman concert

Jacobsen brings Americana to Tallman concert

Shortly before coming to work at Chautauqua Institution in 1996, Jared Jacobsen made a stop at a tiny parish church in London around July 4 to play a recently restored 16th-century pipe organ. He performed “Variations on ‘America,’ ” by Charles Ives, and “the aisles went crazy.”

Community Band reunites for Independence Day concert

Community Band reunites for Independence Day concert

Red, white and blue will be the colors of choice today, but at 12:15 p.m. on Bestor Plaza, a particular shade of light blue will stand out.

The Chautauqua Community Band, all donning light blue Community Band shirts, will come together to play the 22nd Annual Independence Day concert.

Bestor Plaza will be covered with blankets and lawn chairs, packed with families enjoying a Fourth of July picnic lunch. The audience will watch family, friends and neighbors participate in the Children’s School parade, followed by the Community Band’s concert. The concert is a mix of familiar, Americana classics and traditional sing-alongs.

Ladies First  Big Band plays soundtrack for Amp Ball

Ladies First Big Band plays soundtrack for Amp Ball

Chautauqua’s Amphitheater will be oddly benchless this Independence Day. Instead of settling into seats, Amp program attendees tonight will swing across the dance floor to the music of the Ladies First Big Band.

Tunes such as “Sing Sing Sing” and “Jump Jive an’ Wail” will waft throughout the Institution grounds as part of the Amphitheater Ball from 8 to 10 p.m. The music, provided by the 16 female members of the Ladies First Big Band, will be a jazzy-swing style laden with big band classics from the 1930s and ’40s.

“So many events are segregated by age, but this breaks down the barriers,” said Director of Programming Marty Merkley. “The Amphitheater Ball is an event that brings the community — and all ages — together.”