As part of the “Just 4 Fun!” Series, The Goodwill Theatre will celebrate the arrival of fall with a Sunday afternoon of Swing and Big Band music performed by the Mason Warrington Orchestra on Sunday, November 3, at 2 p.m. at the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage. The “Just 4 Fun!” Series is sponsored by Visions Federal Credit Union.
The Mason Warrington Orchestra is the area’s premier Big Band, featuring seventeen of the finest musicians in the Southern Tier. The ensemble includes pianist Jim Ford; saxophonists Jim Meckley, Bob Pompi, Al Hamme, Hank Slechta and Mike Carbone; percussionist Brad Nemcek; bassist Tom Federowicz; trumpet players Alan Howell, Corky Klinko, John Harper, and Larry West; trombone players Mike Rohrbach, Warren Harrold, and Bob Wagner. Vocalists Judy Giblin and Ralph Muro add serious spice to the mix.
Anyone who loves the Big Band sound will love the Mason Warrington Orchestra. The orchestra’s repertoire includes authentic arrangements from the books of Count Basie, Les Brown, Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Stan Kenton and many other bands, both past and present. The band’s two vocalists, Judy Giblin and Ralph Muro, recreate the sophisticated styles of such legendary singers as Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Bobby Darin and Peggy Lee.
“Our audiences love the Mason Warrington Orchestra with Judy and Ralph. It is simply a delightful way to spend a Sunday,” says CEO Naima Kradjian.
The Mason Warrington Orchestra was founded by Bob Terrell in 1992. Known as the “Main Room Band,” the orchestra has performed at venues such as the Marriott Grand Marquis Hotel in Times Square, the Wind Watch Hotel in Hauppauge, Long Island, the Fordham University Performing Arts Center in New York City, the Grand Opening of the National Warplane Museum in Elmira and the 50th Anniversary Celebration of Grand Prix Racing in Watkins Glen.
Judy Giblin has been a vocalist with the Mason-Warrington Orchestra for the past 13 years. She has also performed with Don Godfrey & Friends, Doug Beardsley, Al Hamme, Gene Cothran, and Claus Evans. She has also performed with SRO Productions, DeAngelo Productions, and the Cider Mill Playhouse.
Ralph Muro has been a vocalist with the Mason Warrington Orchestra for eight years. Prior to that, he sang with the Jazz Exchange, which was once the house band for Glen Gardner’s Music Box Jazz Club in Johnson City.
Tickets are $20 for adults and $16 for senior citizens and students. You can purchase tickets online at www.goodwilltheatre.net or by calling the Box Office at (607) 772-2404, ext. 301. Tickets, if still available, will also be sold at the door, one hour before show time.
The Schorr Family Firehouse Stage, located at 46-48 Willow Street in Johnson City, accepts cash, checks and all major credit cards. Doors open approximately one hour before show time. General Seating is based on a first-come; first-served policy. Refreshments will be available for sale.
The Schorr Family Firehouse Stage is the first performance venue of the Goodwill Theatre Performing Arts Complex & Professional Training Facility. It is located on the corner of Corliss Avenue and Willow Street in Johnson City. Patrons are advised to enter the facility through the parking lot on Corliss Avenue. Parking is available in a small lot at the theatre, and a new lot along the side of the building, on-street, and in various Village municipal lots within two blocks of the theatre. For more information, interested persons can contact the Goodwill Theatre Box Office at (607) 772-2404, ext. 301, or visit: www.goodwilltheatre.net.