CHAUTAUQUA – A world-renowned entertainer who has attracted multiple generations of fans for nearly a half-century is making his return to Chautauqua.
Engelbert Humperdinck is scheduled to perform at the Chautauqua Institution Amphitheater tonight at 8:15 in what will be his first appearance at the entertainment venue since 2009.
Humperdinck, who has maintained and cultivated a successful career in the music industry for 47 years, is known for his vocal talents as well as his stage presence and persona. As a singer and an entertainer, he knows how to work a crowd and get people of all ages engaged in his performances. According to Humperdinck, these are some of the attributes he hopes to employ at tonight’s concert.
“I think we’ll have a great time; I’m sure we will,” he said. “I hope I can give them a good show because it’s a fast-moving show. There’s no dilly-dallying, and I pull out all the stops musically.”
Proclaimed as the “King of Romance,” Humperdinck’s vast catalog of music has one common theme tying each of his songs together: love. Utilizing this tactic, he has sold more than 150 million records. He has also released 64 gold records and 24 platinum records.
Despite the vast array of changes popular music has undergone since he first came onto the scene in the 1960s, Humperdinck’s versatility and willingness to embrace those changes has exposed him to fans of all ages.
Armed with several of his hit songs from a variety of eras throughout his career, Humperdinck is not likely to disappoint his audiences. Songs such as, “Release Me,” “There Goes My Everything” and “Quando, Quando, Quando,” will appeal to some of his earliest fans, while some of his younger fans may recognize him from his more recent appearances on MTV programs such as “MTV Beach House,” “Chilling with the Weaze” and “Oddville.”
As a musician, Humperdinck still isn’t done making new music. He will be releasing his forthcoming album, “Engelbert Calling,” in the United States on Sept. 30. The album explores previously uncharted territory for Humperdinck as an entirely collaborative effort with a myriad of other recording artists. Every track features a duet between himself and some of the world’s most recognized names in music.
“I’ve never done a duet album before,” Humperdinck said. “It’s been a labor of love, and it’s taken two years to finish.”
Some of the other artists featured on “Engelbert Calling” include: Elton John, Willie Nelson, Olivia Newton-John, Gene Simmons, Johnny Mathis, Smokey Robinson, Dionne Warwick and more. He said the album has spawned a counterpart documentary which he will begin filming in a couple of weeks.”
Tickets for tonight’s performance at the amphitheater are $40 each, or $60 for preferred seating. They are still available at the Chautauqua Institution box office, and can be purchased by calling 357-6250 or by visiting www.chqtickets.com.