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August 8, 2014

Final Burgh concert of the season set for Aug. 12

By Kayla Dimick
C & G Staff Writer

SOUTHFIELD—The Southfield Parks and Recreation Department and the Rhythm Society Orchestra are prepared to give residents one big, final show as the Burgh Park Gazebo Concert Series wraps up Aug. 12.

The Rhythm Society Orchestra has been playing in the series for 15 years.

“I think that, first of all, if anybody has been a usual audience member, the reputation of the Rhythm Society Orchestra proceeds them,” said Southfield Parks and Rec Cultural Arts Programmer David Duchene.  “Also, it’s just a reason I moved them in the last spot. It’s the perfect ending to everything.”

According to their website, The Rhythm Society Orchestra is a 15-piece dance band, specializing in vintage swing music.

“We’ve been playing thirties and forties swing. We play some Sinatra and Tony Bennett sometimes later stuff, too,” said Gary Herzenstiel, director of the Rhythm Society Orchestra.

The concert series has been running this season since July 1, and has featured the likes of the Southfield Jazz Orchestra, Straight Ahead Trio, and Metro Jazz Voices, among several others.

“I enjoy playing for Southfield because the people are attentive. They’re there to enjoy good music,” said Herzenstiel.

Herzenstiel also said he enjoys playing for Southfield because residents demand the best.

“They’re usually more of an educated crowd, too. Southfield has a one of the best programs in the metro area, if not the best, so I think the crowd demands a better sound and that’s good. I want them to,” Herzenstiel said.

Duchene said Parks and Rec is already working next year’s lineup, and planning a beer tasting during one of the concerts in July

All the concerts in the Burgh Park Gazebo Concert Series a free and open to the public. Concert-goers are encouraged to bring their own chairs and blankets.

Food will be also available for purchase, and the Southfield Historical Museum located at The Burgh will also be open every Tuesday evening during the concerts and a half hour later (until 9 p.m.) for free tours. .

You can reach C & G Staff Writer Kayla Dimick at kdimick@candgnews.com or at (586)279-1108.