HOT SPRINGS NATIONAL PARK, Arkansas — A series of three concerts featuring big-band orchestras will be held this fall in Horner Hall at the Hot Springs Convention Center.
Sponsored by Visit Hot Springs, the Big Band Concert Series will feature the Harry James Orchestra on Saturday, October 9; the Glenn Miller Orchestra on Friday, November 12, and Juke Box Saturday Night on Friday, December 3, according to Visit Hot Springs Marketing Director Bill Solleder.
Doors will open at 6 p.m. and the show will begin at 7 for each of the three concerts. Tickets, at $35 per concert for reserved table seating, will go on sale at 9 a.m., Friday, July 16. TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE HERE.
“We’ll have the dance floor set up for each of the shows,” Solleder said, “and we encourage everyone to get up and dance to the sounds of these legendary orchestras.”
Since the death of Harry James in 1983, the band has continued the tradition of mellow arrangements and fine rhythmic playing that first made it famous, and is now under the direction of Harry James’ lead trumpet virtuoso, Fred Radke.
The Harry James Orchestra plays in the major venues of the United States, including Las Vegas and Disneyland, and tours extensively throughout the world.
Some of the selections the orchestra will be performing include: “You Made Me Love You,” “I Don’t Want to Walk Without You,” “You’ll Never Know,” “Ciribiribin,” “Sleepy Lagoon,” “I Had The Craziest Dream,” “It’s Been A Long Long Time,” “Take The A Train,” “2 O’clock Jump,” “Don’t Be That Way,” “Back Beat Boogie,” “Moten Swing,” “Opus Number One” and “King Porter Stomp.”
The Glenn Miller Orchestra, consists of the music director, five saxophone players, four trumpeters, four trombonists, piano, bass and drums. There are two vocalists.
The orchestra is on the road continuously, traveling almost every night for 48 weeks each year. It covers more than 100,000 miles doing 300 concert dates.
Performances include the legendary Glenn Miller hits, including “Moonlight Serenade,” “Sunrise Serenade,” “St. Louis Blues March,” “Tuxedo Junction,” “Stardust,” “Little Brown Jug,” “A String of Pearls,” “Elmer’s Tune,” “In the Mood” and dozens of others.
Jukebox Saturday Night is a musical revue of the great big bands from the 1930s, ‘40s and ‘50s. The performances celebrate America’s Swing Era, including the greatest hits of Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey, Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington, Jimmy Lunceford, Harry James, Artie Shaw, Cab Calloway, Benny Goodman, Bunny Berigan, Count Basie and others. Vocal selections will include songs made famous by Frank Sinatra, Doris Day, Bob Eberly, Helen O’Connell, Rosemary Clooney, and other vocal idols. It performs various styles of music including swing, ballads, cha-chas, waltzes and tangos.
For more information call Bill Solleder at 501-321-2027.