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Artie Shaw Orchestra playing at Sondheim

Mar 01, 2013
PHOTO SUBMITTED The Artie Shaw Orchestra

If modern life gets you down, and you have had enough of the bickering, sour grapes and political polarization it brings, this band, this sound, this night with the Artie Shaw Orchestra could restore your optimism.

Hit the road for the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center’s Stephen Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m. March 8, and you will travel back to the time when Americans may have been at war, food rationing was a fact of life, but they were still united, not only against Hitler and the Axis, but in their love of up-tempo music. It simply makes you feel good.

One of the most compelling big-bands ever, The Artie Shaw Orchestra, continues to play many of the original arrangements that made this orchestra so popular in the 1940s and ’50s. Enjoy the classic “Star Dust,” plus “Moonglow,” “Dancing in the Dark,” “Concerto for Clarinet” and many others.

Back then, Time magazine reported that to the German masses, the United States meant “sky-scrapers, Clark Gable and Artie Shaw.” More than 70 years later, his big band still remains one of the most swingingest outfits around. Most of the original players are long retired or only memories, but the shimmering music Shaw innovated still reverberates.

The Artie Shaw Orchestra, under the direction of Rich Chiaraluce, hews to the Shaw legacy and continues with the time-tested formula that has pleased a full spectrum of audiences for more than 60 years; from the “Begin the Beguine” fans of yesteryear to the new jazz fans who want to imbibe in an exciting and heady evening of swing.

The Artie Shaw Orchestra is part of the 2012-13 Sondheim Artist Series and is presented by Dr. Robert Tree, MidwestOne Bank, TrafFix Devices and 1570 KMCD/Classic 96.

Tickets are $27, $23 and $19 and available at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center Ticket Office, by calling 472-2787 and online at www.FairfieldACC.com.

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