Glenn Miller’s group set to cross Suffolk – The Suffolk News-Herald
The Glenn Miller Orchestra will perform next weekend for the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts’ 2021-22 season finale.
The show is at 8 p.m. Saturday. Pre-show fun with Swing Virginia will include dancing outside by the fountain in front of the building from 7-7:45 p.m.
Glenn Miller was one of the most successful dance bandleaders of the Swing era of the 1930s and 1940s. His band produced a string of hits, including “In the Mood”, “Pennsylvania 6-5000”, “Moonlight Serenade” and “Chattanooga Choo-Choo” – the first recording to earn gold disc accolade.
Miller disbanded his musical organization in 1942, at the height of its popularity, to volunteer for the military, where he organized the popular Glenn Miller Army Air Force Band. On December 15, 1944, Major Miller took off from Europe in a single-engine plane to precede his party to France and disappeared over the English Channel, never to be seen again. His estate formed the current Glenn Miller Orchestra in 1956 after the success of the box office film “The Glenn Miller Story”, which starred James Stewart.
Today’s 18-member ensemble will play many of Miller’s original arrangements and more modern selections performed in Miller’s style and sound. The orchestra is made up of musical director Erik Stabnau, five saxophonists, four trumpeters, four trombonists and three rhythm musicians (piano, bass and drums). The show features singer Jenny Swoish, who performs as part of The Moonlight Serenaders.
The tickets are $32, $38, $42 and $48 for reserved seats. Buy online at www.SuffolkCenter.org or by calling the box office at 757-923-2900.