The Red Blazer Men’s Chorus will perform their annual variety show March 29-30 in Amherst. The group is a 45-member, four-part harmony men’s chorus with a repertoire that includes everything from barbershop and old standards to Broadway and pop music.
Putting on a variety show as opposed to a standard choral concert, the group performs with an orchestra, has several themed sets of music, makes multiple costume changes and does comedy skits between sets as well as small group performances and dancing.
The Red Blazer Men’s Chorus’ varieties will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 29, with open seating, and again at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 30, with reserved seating. Both shows will take place at Sweet Home Middle School, located at 4150 Maple Road, Amherst. The cost is $20, $18 for seniors and group rates, and $10 for students. Tickets will be sold at the door, or people can call 406-7262 for tickets. For more information, visit www.redblazermenschorus.com.
The group’s mission is to encourage, develop and promote the advancement of male choral music, to serve their members and the general public and to generate community interest in male choral music and in the theatrical arts through the public presentation of concerts and performances.
Formerly known as the Amherst Male Glee Club, the group was founded by Walter Reitz in 1948 as part of a community education program, the Amherst Adult School, in conjunction with Amherst High School. The nonprofit celebrated its 70th season in 2018.
They have collaborated with many local and regional artistic organizations ranging from the Lockport Male Chorus to the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra to the Amherst Symphony.