Symphony in the Valley plays the big band sound |

Symphony in the Valley plays the big band sound

Symphony in the Valley will bring the big band sound to “The Symphony Swing,” a benefit dinner dance Saturday, Feb. 28, at the historic Hotel Colorado in Glenwood Springs. The event begins at 5:30 p.m.

“Across the nation there has been a whole regeneration of the Swing Era,” said Wendy Larson, the symphony’s conductor and artistic director. “Swing clubs are forming in a lot of cities. So we thought it would be fun to have people swing to the accompaniment of the full symphony.”

After a salute to the big band sounds with medleys of Duke Ellington and Gershwin, various local singing groups will tune up Swing Era favorites. Among the many songs, The Sophisticated Ladies will sing “Puttin’ On the Ritz,” Mood Elevators will find “Tuxedo Junction” and the Rocky Tops Barbershop Quartet will take off with “Chattanooga Choo Choo.”

Solo performers include Julie Paxton singing “Night and Day,” Brad Vierheller doing “My Funny Valentine,” and John Goss’ version of “Under My Skin.” Jeanie Walla will perform “The Man That Got Away” and Debby Dawson will sing “I’ll Be Seeing You.”

A silent auction will be held, and the live auction will be led by auctioneer Jitter Nolen. The grand prize is a week’s lodging offered by Christie Lodge at any of RCI resort’s 3,600 worldwide locations. A special item is a chance to conduct a work with the orchestra at its Mother’s Day Concert in May.

The Symphony Swing dinner-dance is $50 per person, $100 per couple or $100 per person for a sponsorship table for eight. Reservations are required; call Marice Doll, 947-1389.

The symphony will also perform in regular concert held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 29, at the Glenwood Springs High School Auditorium. Tickets for this concert are sold at the door.

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