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Sept. 18, 2014

ABBAFAB (visit site)

ABBA FAB is a stunning tribute to the music of ABBA featuring the sensational Anne Davies, Chelsea Faulds, Scotty Pearson, Nick Davies and a line up of stellar musicians.

This multimedia production is a tribute to some of the greatest music produced in the 1970’s and 1980’s including monster hits such as Waterloo, Fernando, Honey Honey, Dancing Queen and countless others. From the earliest hits to Mama Mia, ABBA FAB will take you on an ABBA journey that is unmatched.

Our vocalists and musicians have toured the world as solo artists and as band members and have come together to create the most entertaining ABBA tribute on the market today.

ABBA’s record breaking string of hits is timeless and continues to thrill audiences of all ages. There’s no generation gap here; just memorable music and memories and ABBA FAB covers them all.

There’s no doubt that the ABBA FAB vibe is infectious! Their vocals and musicianship are second to none. ABBA fans love it and new ABBA fans are created at every show. ABBA FAB consistently plays to SRO audiences across the USA and abroad and offers a truly unique experience you will not soon forget.

Come on along for the ride as ABBA FAB helps ensure the time of your life!

Oct. 15, 2014

The Manhattan Rhythm Kings
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Known for their polished performances of American popular music from the '20's, '30's and '40's, the Manhattan Rhythm Kings have gained a large and enthusiastic following across the country. While frequently compared with such musical greats as the Mills Brothers and Paul Whiteman's Rhythm Boys, the trio has established a unique character of its own with a combination of close harmony singing, virtuosic instrumental work, and spectacular tap dancing. The Rhythm Kings started performing together on the sidewalks of New York in 1980. From there these song and dance men graduated to playing cabarets, colleges and concert halls across the country. In fact, the King's recent concert in Stowe, Vermont marked the 50th state the group has performed in!

It was their sparkling combination of song and dance that first attracted the attention of Broadway's Tommy Tune. In 1984 Mr. Tune asked the trio to assemble an act based on the songs written by Fred Astaire. Their collaboration continues today and the act has performed together in venues as diverse as Carnegie Hall and Atlantic City's Trump Plaza, and a tour of the former Soviet Union, where they commanded standing ovations in Moscow, Tblisi, and St. Petersburg.

The King's are favorites at symphony pops concerts and have performed with over 70 orchestras, including the Boston Pops, The Pittsburgh Symphony, and the orchestras of Baltimore, Detroit, St. Louis, Cincinnati and Atlanta, among others. The Rhythm Kings have made numerous appearances on TV, most notably "Evening at pops", with John Williams, Tommy Tune and the Boston Pops, as well as the Emmy Award-winning "Celebrating Gershwin" with conductor Michael Tilson-Thomas. In addition, they've starred in their own special for Nebraska Public Television, and were featured with Andrew Litton and the Dallas Symphony on their PBS special. Other TV credits include "The 1992 Tony Awards", the "Today" show, "CBS, This Morning", the 1992 "Kennedy Center Honors", "Entertainment Tonight", "As the World Turns", as well as several appearances on "The Charles Grodin Show".

In 1992, they were back on Broadway, this time indoors at the Shubert Theatre. They were featured as Mingo, Moose, and Sam, a trio of crooning bumpkins in the "new" Gershwin musical "Crazy for You", winner of three Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Choreography.

The MRKs have shared the stage with Bob Hope, George Burns, Sandy Duncan, Liza Minelli, Leonard Bernstein, Judy Collins, Bette Midler and Gregory Hines, to name a few. They also appeared with the Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall's Easter Spectacular.

After two decades of performing together, the Manhattan Rhythm Kings look forward to more symphony pops dates, another tour of Italy and Europe, concert performances with Vince Giordano's Nighthawks and their pal, Tommy Tune.

Oct. 30, 2014

Accordion Virtuosi of Russia
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Accordion Virutosi of Russia was founded in 1943 during the Leningrad siege by Professor Pavel Smirnov. Within only six months, the ensemble was invited to record on the state radio. Since its inception, Accordion Virtuosi of Russia has been led by three generations of the Smirnov family: firstly by its founder Pavel Smirnov, and now by his sons Yuri and Vladimir, as well as his grandson Yaroslav.

Throughout its history, Accordion Virtuosi of Russia has performed at some of the most prestigious venues in the world including the Gewandhaus, Verona’s Arena, Olympia Hall in Paris, and the Great Philharmonic Hall in St. Petersburg. They have toured extensively in Germany, Italy, France, Holland, Switzerland, Belgium, Austria, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Spain, Japan, Guinea, Angola, Sierra Leon, Congo, Japan, Canada and elsewhere. They are also winners of numerous awards. Most recently, the Accordion Virutosi of Russia has been included in the prestigious “Golden Book of St. Petersburg.”

This outstanding ensemble was invited to be a part of the cultural program for the Olympic Games in Munich in 1972, Montreal in 1976, and Moscow in 1980.

The ensemble’s repertoire ranges from folk music to arrangements of rock songs and continues to astound audiences around the world.

“…these Russians are true musicians and they played with brilliance”
Rheinishe Post, Germany

“…it was a pleasant surprise to hear accordions played like that!”
Kouvolan Sanomat, Finland

“They perform with incredible precision and unbelievable delicacy”
Frankfurter Neue Presse, Germany

Dec. 2, 2014

A Viennese Christmas
by the Hollywood Concert Orchestra (visit site)

The Hollywood Concert Orchestra, an ensemble of America's finest musicians, has become one of the premier ensembles in the world. With its unique presentation of the latest TV, movie, and Broadway themes written and arranged especially for the orchestra, the Hollywood Concert Orchestra is known as "the Orchestra of the Stars" featuring the best and brightest guest artists and soloists in lively and entertaining performances. That is what THE HOLLYWOOD CONCERT ORCHESTRA specializes in...the music that "made" the movies!

The Hollywood Concert Orchestra will be doing an American tour during the 2014-2015 season with two programs: “A Night At The Oscars”, and “A Viennese Christmas”.

The Hollywood Concert Orchestra was founded in 1999 by John R. Giattino and Judith M. Giattino. Both John and Judith have been producing concerts since that time, and have produced tours for the Hollywood Concert Orchestra across the United States and abroad.

The Orchestra has toured recently with the famous movie star Ms. Shirley Jones, who received an Oscar for her performance in the movie Elmer Gantry, which also starred Burt Lancaster. Ms Jones also starred in a very successful television series, The Partridge Family, which won several Tony Awards.

Throughout his many years as a producer, John Giattino has been associated with such great artists as Mantovani, Percy Faith, Henry Mancini, Arthur Fiedler and many other 'greats' in the pop orchestra genre. For many years, Mr. Giattino was a general musical contractor for Columbia Artists. He also provided touring orchestras for such artists as Rosemary Clooney, Boots Randolph, Chet Atkins, Floyd Cramer, Robert Goulet, Mitzi Gaynor, Carol Lawrence, and Frank Gorshin. John and Judith also produced a tour titled, A Tribute to Mario Lanza, featuring former Metropolitan Opera tenor Mr. Thomas Booth.

The Hollywood Concert Orchestra is best known for its special musical arrangements of both current and classic movie themes. In various programs the orchestra performed music dating back to early 30s, as well as the most current hits from such movies as the “Lion King” and “Mission Impossible”. As a touring orchestra, The Hollywood Concert Orchestra sets up goals to explore various artistic horizons not only in the United States, but abroad, as well. During the last decade the orchestra has performed at numerous festivals and concert halls across the United States. The orchestra’s management spends a great deal of time booking the orchestra to perform in other countries, as well.

The Orchestra’s programs titled…”Celebrating the Silver Screen…Then & Now” were heard in Portugal and Spain during the spring of 2004. Based on the success of numerous American tours, the Orchestra has represented the Hollywood theme in the Far East, as well. Their performances were extremely well received in Japan, Taiwan, and Mainland China.

March 25, 2015

Featuring the Jive Aces
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Direct from London, THE JIVE ACES are internationally renowned for their superior musicianship and spectacular stage show and their energetic renditions of fresh arrangements of Swing/Jive/R&B classics -by such greats as Louis Prima, Cab Calloway, Bobby Darin, Louis Armstrong, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis Jr.  The Tinseltown Jitterbugs, representing six Swing Dancers, join The Jive Aces on stage.

April 23, 2015

Rodney Mack
Philadelphia Big Brass
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Virtuosity, Quality, Personality

The Rodney Mack Philadelphia Big Brass is composed of some of America's top brass musicians dedicated to bringing the joyous experience of great music to a wide range of audiences. A group that always reflects the diverse makeup of men and women in the American culture, RMPBB is dedicated to the notion that music is a gift to be enjoyed by everyone. The group is especially dedicated to reaching out to the world's youth and inspiring them to reach for their dreams. A veritable "dream team" of virtuoso brass players, associate artists have appeared on the world's most prominent stages and performed with such groups as the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Baltimore Symphony, the São Paolo State Symphony Orchestra, the Imani Winds, Canadian Brass, Empire Brass, Dallas Brass, and Boston Brass. The group burst onto the music scene with a debut performance in Philadelphia's Kimmel Center in Verizon Hall, a residency for the Mann Center for the Performing Arts, and a special feature on the National Public Radio show, "All Things Considered."

Performances by the Rodney Mack Philadelphia Big Brass range from solo trumpet, to brass quintet, to the full ensemble with percussion. Their programs include holiday concerts, family concerts, traditional brass concerts with optional organ or choir, themed concerts (American Music, Baroque-Renaissance, contemporary popular music, the Francis Johnson Project, the John Philip Sousa Project, etc.), as well as specially designed residencies, all available to suit the needs of every venue.

May 4, 2015

The Bronx Wanderers
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Quite possibly the best two hours of 50's, 60's and 70's rock n' roll that you will experience on one stage....or should we say, EVER!

One Part “Oldies”, Two Parts “Rock N’ Roll”… THE BRONX WANDERERS are the ”perfect musical storm”, effortlessly creating the perfect level of synergy between generations and the music, the family and the rockin’ band that pulls it all together. Like their new CD title implies, this is a father and two sons that DARE TO DREAM. United by their passion for great music (regardless of the decade), former gold record producer YO’ VINNY and sons VINNY “THE KID” and NICKY “STIX” form the heart and soul of this pitch perfect band that delivers a non-stop barrage of hit after hit after delicious hit.

Yo’ Vinny’s years of producing chart topping hits gives THE BRONX WANDERERS’ live performance that rarely achieved authentic recording studio sound– with the momentum and flow that only the expertise of an experienced record producer can craft. Vinny “the Kid” and Nicky “Stix” create a musical firestorm with the joyful intensity that they bring to these “oldies” hits.  The family’s rockin’ band round out this euphoric journey through time with the lineage and prowess that still sets the heart on fire.

When the 20-year olds in the crowd are jumping to their feet and yelling right alongside the 70-year olds, you know that this is not just another normal day in the music business…and as anyone who has experienced their show will tell you: THE BRONX WANDERERS are certainly anything but ”business as usual” in the rock n’ roll/ nostalgia industry…!

With favorites like “Sherry”, “Runaway”, “We Gotta Get Out Of This Place”, “Teenager in Love”, “There’s a Kind of Hush”, “Tie A Yellow Ribbon”, “Put Your Head On My Shoulder”, “Looking for an Echo” and even Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida”, this show positively dazzles the listener with a non-stop powerhouse of hits right from the word “go” (“Go, Johnny, go, go go!”).

.. So, yes, this is most definitely the best two hours of 50′s, 60′s and 70′s Rock N’ Roll that your heart can handle before it explodes in pleasure.

Admission to all concerts is by membership ($100 for all 7 concerts)
or general admission (purchased at the door):
$30 Adults, $10 Students and College Students with appropriate I.D.

All concerts are held at 7:30 p.m. at the Hazleton Area High School
1601 W. 23rd Street • Hazleton, PA 18202

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