The Ottumwa Courier

February 22, 2013

Artie Shaw Orchestra tranports you back in time

Ottumwa Courier

FAIRFIELD — If modern life gets you down, and you have had enough of the bickering, sour grapes and political polarization it brings, this band, this sound, this night with the Artie Shaw Orchestra could restore your optimism.

Hit the road for the Sondheim Center at 7:30 p.m. March 8, and you will travel back to the time when Americans may have been at war and food rationing was a fact of life, but they were still united, not only against Hitler and the Axis, but in their love of up-tempo music. It simply makes you feel good.

One of the most compelling big-bands ever, The Artie Shaw Orchestra continues to play many of the original arrangements that made this orchestra so popular in the 1940s and ’50s.

The Artie Shaw Orchestra, under the direction of Rich Chiaraluce, hews to the Shaw legacy and continues with the time-tested formula that has always pleased a full spectrum of audiences for more than 60 years; from the “Begin the Beguine” fans of yesteryear to the new jazz fans who want to imbibe in an exciting and heady evening of swing.

Tickets are $27 for Zone 1, $23 for Zone 2, $19 for Zone 3 and available at the Fairfield Arts and Convention Center Ticket Office, by phone, 641-472-2787 and online,