Montego Glover to Join New York Pops for SING SING SWING at Carnegie Hall, 11/1
On Friday, November 1 at 8:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage, The New York Pops under the direction of Music Director Steven Reineke is joined by Tony Award nominee Montego Glover and clarinetist Dave Bennett for Sing Sing Swing, an all-swing music program that harkens back to the era when big bands ruled the dance floor. The program also pays tribute to the 75th anniversary of Benny Goodman's storied debut at Carnegie Hall with his jazz orchestra. The concert, which took place on January 16, 1938, helped to elevate the status of swing music in the US and beyond, and included some of the brightest jazz luminaries of the day, including Count Basie and members of the Duke Ellington orchestra. The recording of Goodman's performance at Carnegie Hall remains one of the best-selling jazz albums of all time.
In a special prelude to this performance, Carnegie Hall hosts a "Strictly Lindy" dance contest at Providence NYC (331 West 57th Street) on Thursday, September 26 at 8:00 p.m. in which participants will compete for a chance to share the stage with The New York Pops at their November 1 performance. Judges including Steven Reineke, Montego Glover, Norma Miller, and Dawn Hampton will select three semi-finalists, and videos of their performances will be shared on Carnegie Hall's YouTube channel for public voting beginning on October 1. The winner will be announced on October 18. The event includes social dancing, and will also serve as a season kick-off event for Carnegie Hall's Notables, a ticket and membership program for music enthusiasts in their 20s and 30s. For more information about the contest and to view biographies of judges, please visitcarnegiehall.org/swingdance. For information about Carnegie Hall's Notables program, please visitcarnegiehall.org/Support/Notables.