The Glenn Miller Orchestra will bring its legendary sound to Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall in Greenville on Saturday, December 19 with their holiday program, “In the Christmas Mood.”
The Glenn Miller Orchestra will bring its legendary sound to Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall in Greenville on Saturday, December 19 with their holiday program, “In the Christmas Mood.” The second presentation of Darke County Center for the Arts 2015-2016 Artists Series, the show will feature the 18-member ensemble playing many of the original Miller arrangements as well as modern selections performed in the Miller style. “These musicians do much more than recreate the past,” said DCCA Artistic Director Keith Rawlins. “They make music that may take listeners back to another time, but also entertains the socks off us right now!” he concluded. The concert begins at 8 p.m.
Glenn Miller was one of the most successful bandleaders of the Swing Era, scoring a matchless string of hit records as well as maintaining a constant musical impact with popular radio broadcasts and appearances at theaters and dance pavilions around the nation. According to Mr. Rawlins, the Glenn Miller Orchestra, now under the direction of Nick Hilscher who also performs as one of the group's vocalists, remains the most sought after big band in the world today. “This band does almost as much traveling as Santa Claus, covering over a hundred thousand miles each year and reaching an audience of more than half a million people,” Rawlins explained.
Greenville National Bank is sponsoring the Glenn Miller Orchestra “In the Christmas Mood;” also, the family of Gene Oda is honoring his memory with sponsorship of this show. Additionally, the Ohio Arts Council helped fund this program with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. DCCA also receives operating support from the Harry D. and Esther Stephens Memorial as well as funding from the Ketrow Foundation and Lydia E. Schaurer Memorial Trust Fund.
Tickets for the show cost $20, and can be purchased by contacting DCCA at 937-547-0908 or at DCCA's office located within the Greenville Public Library, as well as online at www.CenterForArts.net. If any remain by showtime, tickets will also be available at the door prior to the performance.