Music is a force powerful enough to calm a baby, soothe a wild beast, or compel the two to dance with each other. Be overcome by this GrouponLive deal to see Michael Ciufo and the Jimmy Marando Swing Band as part of the Welland Recreational Waterway Arts and Culture Series at Welland Amphitheatre on Friday, August 3, at 8 p.m. Gates open at 7 p.m. Choose between two ticketing options:
- For $34, you get two tickets for general admission (up to a $69 value, including all fees).
- For $59, you get four tickets for general admission (up to a $138 value, including all fees).
In the penultimate concert of IlluminAqua's sixth season, Canadian tenor Michael Ciufo bounces his classically trained voice off the stone-stepped curvature of the Welland Amphitheatre. On a floating stage ringed with floating fire pods to add an otherworldly calm and outline the landing zone for extraterrestrial audiences, Ciufo delves into his diverse catalogue. On his album from last fall, Momento, he sought to fuse two traditions by interweaving original pop songs with classical pieces that stay true to his roots. The results are rich, moody tracks such as “Oh You Delicate Heart” or “Indigo Blue,” which run up against songs sung in Italian (“Non Ti Scordar Di Me”) and French (“La Chanson Des Vieux Amants”). Michael's full-bodied, heartfelt vocals carry his audiences to another time, rolling through octaves like a caravan traveling through the hills of a pastoral landscape while remaining current and exploring what makes music beautiful in an era when anything goes. The Jimmy Marando Swing Band warms up the 700-seat amphitheatre with its collection of electric blankets and a brassy sound that enlivens hits from the ‘30s through the ‘70s. Saxophones, trumpets, and trombones hit notes penned by such luminaries as Glenn Miller, Count Basie, or Duke Ellington while vocalist Maggie Vida croons ballads and swing songs by midcentury stars such as Judy Garland or Frank Sinatra.