Do you know who Tony Orlando is? For those who might fall in the category of a “younger generation” you might be surprised you know a tune or two from Tony’s array of number one hits. Two of his most recognizable songs are Knock Three Times and Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Ole Oak Tree. But how did this hit star reach stardom?
Orlando, was born on April 3, 1944 and raised in New York City. His musical career started in his youth when he formed a doo-wop group, The Five Gents. He began hitting the national charts at the age of 16 with Halfway to Paradise and Bless You. He later rerouted his musical career to the nonperformance side and became one of the youngest vice-presidents for CBS Records.
Tony was later coaxed into putting his voice on a demo record for a song titled Candida for his friends Hank Medress and Dave Appell at Bell Records. The song was an instant hit and kept climbing the charts till it hit number one.
Orlando then recorded Knock Three Times. The song quickly became number one and became the top song of 1971, selling over six million copies worldwide.With his wild success, Orlando gave up his successful career at CBS Records and devoted his time to the performance of music. In 1973, he recorded Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Ole Oak Tree. The song was number one for the year and would later become Orlando’s theme song.
Orlando then set his sights on television which resulted in his highly rated weekly variety series on CBS. Breaking new ground, it was the first multi-ethnic variety show on television.The show, which ran four seasons (1974 – 1976), welcomed the biggest names in show business each week as Tony’s guests, including Jackie Gleason and Jerry Lewis.
To this day Orlando remains one of America’s best loved personalities. Tony brings to the stage a warmth and exhilarating energy that electrifies an audience. So whether you grew up listening to Tony or you find you can’t help but sing along to his hits, you will not want to miss his performance here at Chandler Center for the Arts on March 23 at 7:30pm. Purchase your tickets here!
Musical beats draw us closer, setting us in motion on a rhythmic journey. Chandler Center for the Arts is your weekend destination for a musical exploration this March. From the enchanting beats of Classic Albums Live to the riveting pulse of Rhythm of the Dance you will be swept away on a voyage of entertainment.
The musical journey begins March 9 transporting audiences to the emerging era of rock n’ roll. The wildly successful Beatles’ is the focal point of the evening as Classic Albums Live recreates the Beatles’ rock masterpiece, “Abbey Road.” Founded in 2003 by Craig Martin, Classic Albums Live has become the ultimate destination for music lovers without all the gimmicky and cheesy impersonations. Relying solely on the music, the band has defined itself as a mainstay in performing art centers across North America.
During the concert, experience feature hits from the Beatles’ final album Abbey Road including “Come Together,” “Something,” “Here Comes the Sun,” “Octopus’s Garden,” and more. In addition to the note for note recreation of the album, Classic Albums Live will also highlight some of the Beatles’ greatest hits. Come together for a great night to relive music that changed our history forever.
The following afternoon, March 10, the adventure continues as Rhythm of the Dance The Irish Dance Spectacular heralds a new era in Irish entertainment. The dance crew takes you on an epic journey through the ages, from ancient mythology to the travels of the Irish emigrants, from the rolling hills and stonewalls of Connemara all the way to the modern skyscrapers of New York. This two-hour dance and music extravaganza contains a wealth of Irish talent.
Using modern art forms of dance and music, this richly costumed show blends the contemporary and the ancient. Rhythm of the Dance aspires to preserving the traditions of Irish step dancing and yet, presents it in the most modern format. The show features a live band, three tenors and some 22 dancers. Dan Schmal, Director of Arts Programming at Wisconsin, Lutheran College stated “We have had Irish dance shows before, but this one ranks at the top. All the dancers in the troupe were fantastic!” Experience for yourself the magical odyssey of Rhythm of the Dance.
Whether you seek rock n’ roll or enthralling dance, this weekend adventure of musical beats will transport you to a world of pulsating music and entertainment.