Musicfest brings classics of all kinds to Marion

By Tanner Harding | Jul 15, 2017
Photo by: Tanner Harding Bryan Steele of the swing band plays a saxophone solo.

Marion — The Buzzards Bay Musicfest made its return to Marion from July 12-16.

Throughout the free, five-day festival, different bands, musicians and genres were featured at the Tabor Academy Firemen Performing Arts Center.

The first program was an orchestra concert, featuring songs from well-known composers such as Aaron Copland and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The second program was a four-piece chamber music show, finishing with Symphony #2 in D Major by Ludwig van Beethoven.

Things took a swingin' turn on Friday, as the third program was called "A Salute to the Big Band Era." The show featured well-known songs from Duke Ellington, Tommy Dorsey and Nelson Riddle, among others.

There was also a three-part salute to Sinatra, in which the band played "The Way You Look Tonight," "In the Wee Small Hours" and "The Lady is a Tramp," featuring the vocal stylings of Taylor Cormier. The pieces were also specially arranged for the band by Rochester resident John Wallace.

Saturday evening featured more chamber music, and the festival will close out Sunday afternoon with another orchestra performance.

For a taste of Friday evening's swing performance, see the video below.

 

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