The long-awaited return of the greatest big band of the 1940s, The Glenn Miller Orchestra is returning to Australia in September 2019, and will perform at the Manning Entertainment Centre this Saturday, September 14.
Featuring the unforgettable music of the 1940s from the golden era of swing, is a sentimental journey down memory lane to celebrate the Glenn Miller Orchestra's 82nd anniversary, proudly presented by ATA Allstar Artists.
The world famous Glenn Miller Orchestra will also feature 24 musicians, singers and dancers - a presentation that highlights the great 'Big Band' hits, the original Glenn Miller arrangements, the music of legends such as The Andrews Sisters, Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra and the romantic World War II melodies made famous by Dame Vera Lynn - music which captivated millions of people worldwide - are all brought together on stage in a nostalgic concert spectacular.
The concert will also feature sensational dance routines by the Broadway Swing Dancers.
The Glenn Miller musical arrangements are unique; even after 82 years, they are still heard worldwide; timeless icons of American culture such as Chattanooga Choo-Choo, In the Mood, Tuxedo Junction, A String of Pearls, Moonlight Serenade, Little Brown Jug and Pennsylvania 6-5000; music hits which captivated millions of people.
"The Glenn Miller Orchestra is a colourful and flamboyant evening filled with fun and nostalgia of the 30s and 40s. Our unique jazz sound is sought all around the world and in addition to recreating the golden era of swing, we bring to life the colour, costumes and spirit. Having travelled across the globe, The Glenn Miller Orchestra is delighted to be bringing iconic tunes such as In The Mood and Moonlight Serenade to Australia," said musical director Rick Gerber.
Rick formed his first band while in high school and in early 1981 joined the Jack Gillespie big band from Minneapolis, where he made connections with Johnny Desmond (the featured vocalist with Glenn Millers Army Air Force Orchestra) and Tex Beneke (the biggest star of Millers pre-war civilian orchestra who was featured on scores of hit records for his tenor sax solos and novelty vocals). He moved to Los Angeles and became a professional music copyist and arranger for Beneke, Desmond and many others. During a lunch with Johnny Desmond, the idea of a reunion of the original members of the Miller AAF Orchestra was discussed.
The first reunion performance was in August 1986 (this was the only reunion of 41 original members) and the band continues to perform around the world.
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