CHAUTAUQUA - The Chautauqua Institution Amphitheater hosts music from decades past Friday, Aug. 19. That's when Blood, Sweat & Tears and Arturo Sandoval take the stage. Tickets are still available.
Fusing horns, jazz and rock Blood, Sweat & Tears won three Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year 1969. The group reached fame that year, climbing to No. 1 on the Cash Box "Top 100 Albums" chart with their self-titled album.
Some hit Blood, Sweat & Tears songs include "And When I Die," "Spinning Wheel," "Hi-De-Ho," "Lucretia McEvil," "Sometimes in Winter," "God Bless the Child" and "You've Made me so Very Happy."
Trumpeter Arturo Sandoval will follow Blood, Sweat & Tears. Sandoval brings the skills that won him six Grammy Awards and six Billboard Awards to the Amphitheater stage. He is also the winner of an Emmy, which he received for his composing work for the HBO movie on his life, "For Love or Country."
Sandoval has performed with Justin Timberlake, Alicia Keys, Frank Sinatra, Celine Dion, Rod Stewart and many others. Sandoval, a Florida International University professor, works with music departments around the nation offering scholarships, clinics and seminars.
The show begins at 8:15 p.m. Tickets are $39. Visit chautauquatickets.ciweb.org/ or call 357-6250.
Week Eight of Chautauqua Institution's 2011 season includes a wide range of performances beginning Sunday.
Chautauqua's School of Dance Student Gala kicks off the week with a free, 2:30 p.m. Amphitheater show. Admission to the grounds is always free on Sundays. However, parking fees do apply after 1:30 p.m.
The Institution's Logan Chamber Music Series continues Monday with a performance by Spanish Brass at 4 p.m. in Elizabeth S. Lenna Hall. Spanish Brass is a high-energy group of five musicians. The band has played hundreds of shows across the globe.
Timothy Muffitt, the music director and conductor of the Baton Rouge and Lansing symphonies, leads the Music School Festival Orchestra through its final concert of the 2011 season. The orchestra hits the Amphitheater stage Monday at 8:15 p.m.
Chautauqua Region Youth Ballet visits Elizabeth S. Lenna Hall Tuesday for a 7 p.m. show. Artistic Director Monika Alch leads her young dancers to the Lenna Hall floor for an evening of classical and contemporary dance. Located in Jamestown, CRYB consists of students from throughout Chautauqua County and the surrounding areas.
Tuesday also features a Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra concert in the Amphitheater at 8:15 p.m. Rossen Milanov serves as guest conductor, and Angela Cheng joins the orchestra on the piano.
The week's first Community Appreciation Night takes place Wednesday, when Chris Byars Quartet and special guest Zaid Nasser provide the evening's Amphitheater entertainment at 8:15. The five performers share music, stories and photos from their involvement in over 50 cultural programs from around the world.
At these programs, Nasser and the Chris Byars Quartet represented the U.S. in North Africa, the Middle East, Central Europe, Southeast Asia and other areas through educational outreach and by publicly performing jazz.
Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra plays in the Amp Thursday on Week Eight's final Community Appreciation Night. Admission to the grounds is $18 on Community Appreciation Nights, which take place twice a week during the Institution's nine-week season. Guest conductor Mei-Ann Chen and violinist Augustin Hadelich join the orchestra for the Thursday show.
Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, the resident symphony orchestra of Chautauqua Institution since 1929, closes out Week Eight's entertainment with a concert Aug. 20. Grant Cooper serves as guest conductor, while Julie Albers joins the orchestra on the cello.
Also during Week Eight, Artistic Director Ethan McSweeny leads Chautauqua Theater Company into the final days of its summer season. With several performances of Shakespeare's "Love's Labour's Lost" lined up throughout Week Eight, Chautauqua Theater Company concludes its summer Aug. 19. Tickets are $30. For additional information, visit theater.ciweb.org/.