Chautauqua Concert Band To Perform 24th Annual Concert Saturday

Pictured are students performing with the Chautauqua Concert Band.

The Chautauqua Concert Band will perform its 24th annual concert at Jamestown High School at 7 p.m. Saturday.

The theme is The Beauty, The Power and The Majesty under the baton of John Cross and narration of Dennis Webster.

The first half of the program will feature composers from around the world including music of America, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Eastern Europe and the Middle East. Solos will be performed by Frank Valente on xylophone; Michelle Battaglia and Jason Fox on trumpet; Amy Cross on flute; and Susan Turnquist on oboe.

Middle school musicians from 13 local Chautauqua County schools will perform with the Chautauqua Band during the second half of the concert. Seventh graders will perform On Yonder Hill, Guardians Of The Banner and Land Of The Midnight Sun under the direction of James Foley, Maple Grove band director. Eighth graders will perform Circle of Life, Colliding Visions and Engines of Resistance under the direction of Helen Ihasz, Westfield Academy and Central School band director.

Ihasz is a Wisconsin native, who received her bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the University of Wisconsin at Madison with a double major in instrumental and choral music. Ihasz has more than 30 years of teaching experience at a wide variety of levels in general, choral and instrumental music in the public schools. Ihasz studied flute with Robert Cole, formerly of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and she has studied conducting with James Smith, Steve Peterson, John Paynter, Mallory Thompson and Paula Holcomb.

In 1993, Ihasz was the recipient of a summer fellowship at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, one of 10 teachers from around the country chosen for this program. Ihasz has been an active member of the Chautauqua County Music Teachers Association, holding several executive board including president.

The concert is supported by the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation. Pre-sale tickets are $6 and are available by emailing or calling 969-7438. Tickets will also be available prior to the concert in front of the Jamestown High School auditorium for $6.