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Glenn Miller Orchestra Coming to Ridgefield Playhouse, 7/12

Glenn Miller Orchestra Coming to Ridgefield Playhouse, 7/12

A legend lives on! The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra, the most popular and sought after big band in the world today for both concert and swing dance engagements, is coming to The Ridgefield Playhouse on Saturday, July 12, at 7:30 p.m. With its unique jazz sound, the Glenn Miller Orchestra is considered to be one of the greatest bands of all time and, just as it was in Glenn's day, today's Glenn Miller Orchestra is still the most sought after big band in the world. The 18-member ensemble will play many of the original Miller arrangements both from the civilian band and the Glenn Miller Army Air Force Band (AAFB) libraries, with some more modern selections arranged and performed in the Miller style and sound, sprinkled in. Under the baton of Music Director/vocalist Nick Hilscher, the five saxophone players, four trumpeters, four trombonists, and three rhythm musicians (piano, bass and drums) plus a male and female vocalist will perform some of the greatest generation's greatest music. Of course, all of the biggest hits are included in this program, and the audience will thrill to hear some of the following selections from the Glenn Miller Orchestra library live: "Moonlight Serenade", " Little Brown Jug", "A String of Pearls", "Chattanooga Choo-Choo", "Pennsylvania 6-5000", "I Dreamt I Dwelt in Harlem", "Juke Box Saturday Night", "That's Sabotage", "Sunrise Serenade", "At Last", "Tuxedo Junction", "In The Mood", "St. Louis Blues", "Stardust", "Someone To Watch Over Me", "Rhapsody in Blue", "The Nearness of You", "Everybody Loves My Baby", "Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree" and many more. This show will also include some of the less well-known tunes like "The White Cliffs of Dover", "Rainbow Rhapsody", and "That's Sabotage" plus some standards and contemporary numbers such as "Over the Rainbow", "September Morn", "The Body Electric" from the T.V. series Fame and "Star Wars/War of The Stars".

There will be a wine and cheese tasting courtesy of No. 109 Cheese & Wine at 6:45 p.m. plus artist's reception in the lobby. This event is part of the No. 109 Cheese & Wine Art, Wine and Jazz Series and the Ridgefield Magazine Broadway and Cabaret Series and is partially underwritten by Laurel Ridge Health Care Center. Piccolo's Pizza & Jazzeria will pour a free glass of house wine with dinner the night of this event when tickets/stubs are presented.


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