Kingston Trio will entertain audiences in royal type at The Kate

ALTER SAYBROOK – Are you interested in nostalgia? Do you like to remember unforgettable musical moments from the past and relive their splendor? If your answers are yes, then I have a treat for you.

Sixty years ago, this group was described as “the most envied, most imitated, and most successful vocal group, folk or otherwise, in all of show business.” They have also been referred to as “the undisputed kings of popular song rage by all standards” and triggered the pop-folk boom with their hit recording of “Tom Dooley”.

This song became a # 1 hit and sold over 3 million copies as a single.

This dynamic group released 19 albums that made it into the Billboard Top 100, 14 in the Top 10, and five that landed at # 1 at Kate in Old Saybrook in two concerts, Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.

Over the years a number of performing individuals and groups have attributed the transformation of the music world to the Kingston Trio, including Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon and Fleetwood Mac, The Eagles, The Beach Boys and The Bee Gees , to name just a few.

Whether it’s protest songs, calypso numbers or Broadway tunes, the Kingston Trio is sure to be entertained in royal style.

The original members in 1957 were Dave Guard, Bob Shane, and Nick Reynolds, three classmates in California.

The current members, Mike Marvin, Tim Gorelangston and Don Marovich, have ties to the original three. Mike is the adopted son of founding member Nick Reynolds and credits Nick as his musical mentor. Tim has been a close friend since childhood and recorded with Nick Reynolds. Don has performed with the trio and plays guitar, banjo and mandolin.

In their signature striped shirts you can hear classics like “Tom Dooley”, “Where Have All the Flowers Gone?” “Greenback Dollar”, “A Worried Man”, “Raspberries Strawberries”, “Hard, Ain’t It Hard”, “They Call the Wind Maria”, “This Land Is Your Land”, “This Little Light of Mine” and “Desert pete.”

For tickets ($ 65) call The Kate, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook at 860-510-0453 or go online at katharinehepburntheater.secure.force.com.

Gather your memories like flowers and create a musical bouquet thanks to The Kingston Trio at The Kate.

Pittsburgh Opera to current “Semele” for stay audiences Might 8-20 | Leisure

The Pittsburgh Opera will present the first Pittsburgh performances of George Frideric Handel’s “Semele” at its headquarters in the Strip District from May 8-20.

“Semele” is a story from ancient Greece about the pitfalls of ambition, vanity and open promises. Director Kristine McIntyre, whose most recent collaboration with Pittsburgh Opera was the acclaimed “Film Noir” production of Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” in October 2019, gives “Semele” an Art Deco treatment of the twenties.

The Pittsburgh Opera is working with Chatham Baroque on “Semele” and will have an audience that is far away, socially distant, for all six performances. The company’s COVID-19 safety protocols include reduced seating capacity, mandatory mask wear, health and temperature checks for everyone entering the building, and more.

All six performances are sold out, but there is room on the waiting list. The performance on May 14th at 7:30 pm will be streamed live free of charge on both the Pittsburgh Opera’s YouTube channel and Facebook page.

The performance will be sung in English, with English surtitles projected both over the stage and on the screen during the live stream.