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GPAS presents “Saturday Night Fever: Hits of the 1970s” on April 27th

By on April 2, 2019
Jonathan Allentoff, Director of the Greece Community Orchestra.

Jonathan Allentoff, Director of the Greece Community Orchestra.

The Greece Performing Arts Society (GPAS) will celebrate 50 years of music-making with their featured concert, “Saturday Night Fever: Hits of the 1970s” on Saturday, April 27th, at 7PM at the Greece Arcadia High School Auditorium, 120 Island Cottage Road, Rochester 14612.

This year’s gala performance will showcase four GPAS ensembles, including the Greece Choral Society directed by Dr. Rollo Fisher, the Greece Community Orchestra directed by Jonathan Allentoff, the Greece Concert Band directed by BJ Comer, and the Greece Jazz Band directed by Gary J. Samulski. Noted Rochester vocalists Michael DeLuca and Jeanie Gauldin will also appear on stage.

DeLuca will perform “Can’t Smile Without You” and “Bless the Beasts and the Children,” and Gauldin will sing “I Will Survive” and “Then Came You.” The program also includes “Bridge Over Troubled Waters,” “Dancing Queen,” “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough,” “I Wish,” “Let’s Groove,” “Stayin’ Alive,” “Take Me Home Country Roads,” “The Reaper,” “Y. M. C. A.” and “You’ve Got a Friend,” as well as concert selections from “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Saturday Night Fever,” “Shaft” and “The Wiz.”

Jonathan Allentoff, director of the Greece Community Orchestra and other musical groups in our community, is the creative coordinator behind this special 50th Anniversary Concert. Allentoff said, “It is an honor to collaborate with fellow GPAS music directors and board members and to create a concert program filled with popular favorites for the entire family.” He plans to showcase on the Arcadia stage many local performers of all ages. Allentoff also commented, “I am proud to support the efforts of the GPAS, as all the GPAS groups continue to bring our community together through the arts.”

Last year, the GPAS premiered “Good Vibrations: Hits of the 60’s Concert” and the house sold out. Many people attending the concert in 2018 dressed in Hippie headbands, shirts and outfits.

For this year’s concert, Eric Vaughn Johnson, GPAS President, encourages anyone to dress-up with 70’s disco outfits to participate in the GPAS Costume Contest. The semi-finalists will be recognized at intermission and special prizes will be awarded.

“It’s all about having a good time and listening to some memorable music from a past decade proudly presented by four GPAS groups,” Johnson said.

Tickets are available online at GreecePerformingArts.org. Ticket prices are $12 adults; $10 seniors; and $8 students. Tickets may be available at the door, please note that tickets sold out last year.

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