The Wayne County Creative Arts Council is pleased to welcome back the Wayne Choralaires who will be presenting their Summer Concert 2011….”Pride of America!” in Central Park, Honesdale, on Monday, June 27 at 7:30 p.m.  The “Pride of America!” will serve as a tribute to American Composers and to members of our Armed Forces.


The Wayne County Creative Arts Council is pleased to welcome back the Wayne Choralaires who will be presenting their Summer Concert 2011….”Pride of America!” in Central Park, Honesdale, on Monday, June 27 at 7:30 p.m.  The “Pride of America!” will serve as a tribute to American Composers and to members of our Armed Forces.

Songs such as “Stomp Your Foot” by Aaron Copland, “Oh! Susanna!” by Stephen Foster, “Clap Yo’ Hands!” by George Gershwin, a selection of African American spirituals, and also music from Broadway featuring the works of Rodgers and Hammerstein, Jerome Kern and George M. Cohan will be performed by the 55 voice choir.

A specialty song ,”Dry Bones!” will pay tribute to Fred Waring, a Pennsylvania native who brought choral music to the forefront in the middle part of the 1900’s.  Waring’s group the Pennsylvanians, sang on radio and television and had a very positive effect on choral music as we know it today.

The same program will also be performed on Sunday, June 26th at 6pm in the Dorflinger Suydam Sanctuary ampitheater.

The chorus is directed by Patricia Spoor and accompanied by Martha Curtis.

Back by popular demand, the Gypsy Jazz Quintet will perform on Thursday, June 30. Their unique sound of “hot club” jazz and high-energy swing is a tribute to gypsy jazz guitarist Diango Reinhardt and Parisian violinist Stephane Grapelli,. This is the high-energy  swing music played in the dance halls of Paris from 1934 to 1930.  Organized by guitarist/music arranger, John Curtin, the Gypsy Jazz Quintet has performed at music festivals, taverns and resorts.  The band is made up of five players from very diverse backgrounds, coming together to make this special music.

John Curtin is a life-long student of the guitar.  He has been an on-staff music arranger for Warner Brothers Music in New York City.  He is now the music director for the theme shows at the Woodloch Pines Resort.
Guitarist, Vince Marrone, out of Dunmore, cites influences ranging from straight ahead jazz through funk, fusion and R&B.  He recently began to explore the music of Django Reinhardt and the Gypsy Jazz style.  He is also teamed with bassist Bob Wilson as the Jazz Assassins.

Bob Wilson, from Honesdale, took up the acoustic bass ten years ago after many years on the electric bass.  His primary influences are Charles Mingus, Miles Davis and Frank Zappa.

Clarinetist, Nick Driscol is director of the Wilkes University Jazz Orchestra and a member of the Great Valley Music Society and an original member of the Straight Out Jazz Quartet.  He has appeared in WVIA Public radio and television and has performed with Peter Schickele (PDQ Bach) at Alice Tully Hall in NYC and with the NEPA Philharmonic.

Rounding out the quintet is Scranton local, violinist Mark Woodyatt, the first ever student accepted to the Eastman School of music for Jazz Violin.  He soloed with the Eastman Jazz Big Band on tour in Chicago.  He has since played with the Marywood Orchestra and the Binghamton Philharmonic.

Bring a blanket or chair to enjoy a night of music under the stars.  The concert, which begins at 7:30pm,  is free, but a free will collection will be made.  In case of rain, the concert will move to the Episcopal Parish Hall adjacent to the Park.

For further information on concerts in the park go to www.honesdaleparkevents.net.