Classical experience

Decho Ensemble to perform in Bicentennial Park Saturday

The Decho Ensemble will entertain in Bicentennial Park, Dunkirk Saturday at 7 p.m.

The very first classical concert preformed in Bicentennial Park is scheduled for Saturday at 7 p.m. Members of the Academy Heights Neighborhood Association and Revitalize Dunkirk are proud to announce that The Decho Ensemble, featuring Jacob Swanson, Sarah Marchitelli, and Jarad Yackiw playing a classic saxophone concert will be the very first to bring music to this small but beautiful park which has been evolving over the years. Community members have worked long hours establishing gardens and writing grants for benches and trash receptacles, and trees. More volunteers are always welcome with fresh ideas for the park use.

There amid the perennial gardens and the natural sounds of Crooked Brook, those who attend will enjoy the delights of an outdoor concert in an intimate, natural setting. Bring your own chair/blanket and a free will offering, perhaps even a picnic supper and enjoy this exciting group, which has preformed across North America and Europe. They have collaborated with poets, dancers and chamber orchestras to present unique programs. The Decho Ensemble performs on vintage American made Buescher saxophones.

Marchitelli serves on faculty at SUNY Fredonia and teaches at Infinity Visual and Performing Arts in Jamestown. Swanson teaches instrumental music for the Gowanda Central School district. Yackiw is pursuing a PhD in Music Theory at the University of Buffalo.

Later in the season two folk groups and a jazz group will bring their music to the park. It has long been the hope that this beautiful space, first envisioned by the Dunkirk high school class of 1976 will begin to offer a variety of cultural events to the community. Come welcome this new musical adventure in Dunkirk.