For just one night, area residents will have the opportunity to catch a number of the winners of Chautauqua Lake Voices performing together on one stage.
SE93 and Media One Group have teamed up with Big Time Productions and The Spire Theater to create a show that celebrates the 10th anniversary of the vocal competition held annually on the Floating Stage in Bemus Point.
Andrew Hill, show host for Chautauqua Lake Voices, has teamed up with Angelo and Ylsa Giuffre for Saturday's 8 p.m. show, which is set to feature a number of the winners of the vocal competition. Performers who have been confirmed include: Marla Harris, Samantha DeJesus, Michael Nugent, Mark Nupp, Heather Pawlak and Ben Blood. Susan Waite will also record her vocals so she can participate in the show from afar.
Michael Nugent, Lancaster native, is pictured on the Floating Stage of Bemus Point during the finale of the 10th season of Chautauqua Lake Voices.
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According to Hill, a few of the singers are unable to participate because they live in other parts of the country and have scheduling conflicts.
"Our audience will not be disappointed in those that are able to make it," Hill said. "I have always had an interest in celebrating the most wonderful time of the year with great music and great singers, and it finally worked out that we could do it this year. So, I invite the community to come and celebrate the season with us this Saturday."
Those who will be involved in the show will not be competing with each other. They will be collaborating in ways that fans of the vocal competition have never seen before, Angelo Giuffre said.
"We've been organizing numbers where you actually get to see multiple Chautauqua Lake Voices winners singing together - it's kind of a unique opportunity," Giuffre said. "When else would you get to see Marla Harris and Michael Nugent singing a song together? These are all winners - so you know they are all the best of the best."
The show is also set to feature a group number in which all of the participating winners will perform together, as well as several duets, such as one planned between Nugent and DeJesus.
"No one's ever even seen them share a stage before, but they are both amazingly talented singers," Giuffre said.
Although he isn't a winner himself, Giuffre was a runner-up in the first season of Chautauqua Lake Voices.
"Big Time Productions was actually born from Chautauqua Lake Voices," Giuffre said. "While I was in the contest I thought to myself, 'What if I don't win?' because there were no consolation prizes. I had worked really hard all summer, and if I don't win I had nothing - so Ylsa and I decided to put on a big reunion concert with all of the contestants, which we held in 2003, and it turned out fantastic because we had more than 700 people come. It went over so well that we did another for Christmas that year. We learned the hard way how to run a production company, and now we're in our 10th year too, which is why Andrew contacted me to produce this concert."
"I am proud to have partnered with Angelo to organize and produce this show for our community," Hill added. "Angelo has publicly stated many times that he owes a lot of his success to his participation in Chautauqua Lake Voices, so it made sense to invite him to be part of our 10th anniversary celebration. I'm sure his production staff has a great night of entertainment in store for us."
Tickets for the Saturday show are $10 presale and $12 at the door. Presale tickets are available online at ChautauquaLakeVoices.com or at Labyrinth Press Co. in Jamestown. The Spire Theater is located at 316 E. Fourth St. in Jamestown. For more information, call 450-7357, visit www.in-spire.us or search for "The Spire Theater" and "Chautauqua Lake Voices" on Facebook.