Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN


October 25, 2013

Music stars highlighting Chautauqua

GREENSBURG – Visitors to Greensburg Community High School (GCHS) the evening of Nov. 5 may not recognize every face they see on the stage of the school’s auditorium, though the numerous guests’ voices and instruments are bound to ring a bell or two.

This fall’s evening Chautauqua finds its focus firmly directed upon the musical talents of several familiar personalities as well as some up and coming stars ready to make their mark in the industry. Taken as a whole, this year’s fall Chautauqua is an eclectic blend of performers who’ve appeared at Woodstock, the Grand Ole Opry and essentially everywhere in-between.

GCHS history teacher John Pratt is once again the architect of the program, which is set to include a smorgasbord of musical genres all under one roof. And as the case has been since Pratt first began the twice-a-year program during his tenure at North Decatur High School, there’s likely to be something for everyone.

As much a marriage of history and culture as one is likely to see at any given moment in the Tree City, the biannual Chautauqua promises visits from artists who’ve made their respective marks in nearly every facet of entertainment.

Bluegrass musician Rodney Dillard is likely a well-known face for fans of the Andy Griffith Show. One quarter of Denver Pyle’s slightly uncouth group of fictional sons known as “the Darlings,” Dillard’s appearances in Mayberry often led to headaches for Sheriff Andy Taylor and Deputy Barney Fife. In the real world, however, Dillard and his musical brethren have been nominated for a Grammy and are well known among bluegrass aficionados. Dillard was originally scheduled to perform at this past spring’s Chautauqua, but circumstances prohibited his appearance.

If Rodney Dillard reminds listeners of bluegrass and country’s past, up and coming country singer/songwriter Katie Armiger may well become the genre’s future.

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