The Four Freshmen

 Thursday, July 19, 2018 
8:15pm-9:45pm  
Hoover Auditorium

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From the moment they take the stage, The Four Freshmen, America’s most enduring vocal group, will keep your heart pounding and your feet moving. With pure energy and great songs of the past and present, the group delivers a world of music that will take listeners back to the bygone era of their youth, while introducing others to their brand of vocal harmony entertainment.

After 69 years, a multitude of recordings and six Grammy nominations, The Four Freshmen have shown no signs of slowing down; they’re constantly redefining their sound while maintaining the core integrity of their innovative harmonies that have inspired iconic groups, including The Manhattan Transfer, The Letterman and The Beach Boys.

While the current members happily pay tribute to the history and evolution of the Freshmen sound by performing the hits of their predecessors, they are unafraid to break new ground through songs that strike a chord with listeners of all ages.

Whether it’s by reimagining classics, such as “Come Fly with Me” or “Stompin’ at the Savoy,” or performing heart-wrenching originals, like “A Little While,” the audience will be taken on a musical journey with songwriting classics and musicianship.

Current members include Tommy Boynton (tenor voice and bass), Stein Malvey (tenor voice and guitar), Jon Gaines (trumpet) and Bob Ferreira (bass voice and percussion).

Boynton began his musical journey in the third grade by participating in choir and piano and drum lessons. His love for music eventually took him to Phi Mattson’s prestigious School for Music Vocations in Creston, Iowa. He graduated from the New England Conservatory and has shared the stage with several Grammy-nominated musicians, including Fred Hersch and Kate McGarry.

Malvey began studying piano at age 4. After growing restless with his classical repertoire, he picked up a guitar at age 12 and fell in love. Two years later, he was playing professionally and eventually graduated with a bachelor’s degree in guitar performance from Lawrence University Conservatory of Music. Malvey spent years in both the New York and Minneapolis music scenes, recording and touring with groups of many different genres.

Gaines was introduced to the world of music at age 5 when he began taking piano lessons from his grandmother. By then, he had a faint interest in the trumpet, but it wasn’t until he first heard a recording of Louis Armstrong that a passion was sparked and a new found love of jazz took over. He spent his high school years performing in jazz bands and vocal ensembles. He attended the New England Conservatory where he furthered his studies in jazz improvisation. Along with the instrumental studies, Gaines also took on several years of vocal instruction before earning his bachelor’s degree.

Ferreira had the chance to audition for The Four Freshmen in 1992 while he was a music student at Central Washington University. He was offered a spot in the group and made the difficult decision to leave his studies behind in pursuit of a performance career with the band. To this day, 26 years later, he’s pleased with his decision and has not looked back since. Ferreira enjoys being part of such an iconic legacy and has performed in 50 states, 10 countries and nine Freshmen recordings.


Admission & Parking
Purchasing a Daily, Saturday or Season Chautauqua Pass includes admission to Lakeside Chautauqua and all shows in Hoover Auditorium, plus additional benefits. A separate ‘ticket’ is not necessary to attend a show or concert. As always, kids age 12 & under and guests over age 90 are always free. Parking is an additional fee. A Daily or Saturday Chautauqua Pass is valid from the time it is purchased until 7 p.m. the following day. Chautauqua Passes and Auto Passes may be purchased online at tickets.lakesideohio.com or upon entering the gates of Lakeside. Please allow two weeks for online processing.

The doors to Hoover Auditorium open a half-hour prior to the start of the show or concert. Seats are not reserved, but available on a first-come, first-served basis. Food and beverages are prohibited inside Hoover Auditorium. Please present your Chautauqua Pass upon entering and exiting Hoover Auditorium and the Lakeside Chautauqua gates.

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