City Announces 2018 Summer Performance Series

From left front row, Sandy Forsberg; Carol Winterburn; Sandy Gullotti; Audene Jarosz; Sam Teresi; Marie Carrubba; Gillian Goldberg; Sarah Wansley; back row, John Bauer; John Lloyd; Jason Stronz; Meghan Murray; Ralph Rasmussen; Rick Lundquist; Julia Ciesla-Hanley; and John Williams; at the Goranson Band Shell at Allen Park where the 2018 Summer Performance Series will take place this summer starting 7 p.m. Wednesday with the Jamestown High School Concert Band. P-J photo by Dennis Phillips

There will be more than just music this summer at the Goranson Band Shell in Allen Park this summer.

On Wednesday, city officials announced the 2018 Summer Performance Series at the band shell, which along with music will also include for the first time two performances from the Chautauqua Theater Company. The theater group will be performing William Shakespeare’s “As You Like It.”

The concert series will start at 7 p.m. each week, with the first concert performance by the Jamestown High School Concert Band under the direction of Meghan Murray on Wednesday. The second concert will be performed by Pearl City Jazz, which will be followed by the Jamestown Municipal Band the following week, who will perform seven concerts in total with different themes each week.

Julia Ciesla-Hanley, city recreation coordinator, said people who want to attend the performances at the band shell will have to pay attention to the schedule each week because not all performances will occur on Wednesday. The first performance by the Chautauqua Theater Company will take place Thursday, June 28, and the Jamestown Municipal Band will perform its annual patriotic anthems on Tuesday, July 3. The other weekly performances will take place on Wednesday, including the second performance by the Chautauqua Theater Company on Aug. 15, which will close the performance series for the summer.

“If you are looking for family-friendly fun, you will want to be at Allen Park this summer,” Ciesla-Hanley said.

The Allen Park Women’s Club will continue its tradition of providing coffee, fudge and other baked goods during the performances. Proceeds from the concession sales will once again be donated by the club for maintenance and improvements to Allen Park.

In addition to funding provided annually by the city of Jamestown, the performances are made available free to the public through support from the Allen Park Women’s Club; Chautauqua Region Community Foundation; Chautauqua Theater Company; Fessenden, Laumer & DeAngelo; Lind Funeral Home; American Federation of Musicians Local 134; Scandinavian Studies Program; Salon 1; The Resource Center; The United Arts Appeal of Chautauqua County Projects Pool Grant Program; and UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital.