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Glenn Miller band swings at Big Band Weekend
Sunday, 11 February 2018 10:53
By JOHN NORTH
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Big band leader Glenn Miller may have died when the airplane in which he was a passenger disappeared over the English Channel in 1944, but appreciation for the man and his top musical compositions continues to this day — if the excitement and action at the annual Big Band Weekend on Jan. 12-14 at Omni Grove Park Inn in North Asheville was any indication.

Hundreds of attendees, who treasure the big band era of music and dance, brought their dance shoes and hit the smooth wooden floor in GPI’s Great Hall to dance — mostly the foxtrot, rhumba, East Coast swing and American waltz.

Besides the two nights of performances by the Glenn Miller Orchestra, attendees were treated to exclusive activities including a Saturday morning dance instruction and a Saturday afternoon tea dance, as well as guided history tours, a cooking demonstration, chair massages and live-themed music throughout the resort.

The Jan. 12 first set began with Miller’s signature song, “Moonlight Seranade,” which was played quite a bit slower than the original arrangement, followed by such hits as “A String of Pearls” (a quintesssential Miller song that Miller did not write, but did record ,just before he enrolled in the U.S. Army), “Where Or When” and “Little Brown Jug.” The set ended with a bang with a red-hot rendition of “I’ve Got a Gal in Kalamazoo.”

The second set’s second song was a riproaring rendition of “In the Mood,” which is widely considered the most popular song from the big band era.

Other second set highlights included  “The Way You Look Tonight” and the GMO’s notable cover of “The Girl From Ipanema.”

The second set concluded with a riveting “Chattanooga Choo-Choo.”

 The third set’s highlights included “I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm,” “Tuxedo Junction,” “Sentimental Journey” and one of Cole Porter’s greatest compositions, “I’ve Got You Under My Skin.” The concert finished with a repeat performance of Miller’s theme song, “Moonlight Serenade.”

 Legacy.com noted that “the unique sound of Miller’s orchestra owed to his vision of a clarinet in the lead, backed by several saxophones playing in harmony. Add trombones (Miller’s instrument), trumpets, and a whole lot more – and you’ve got that great big-band sound.”

The other two events in the GPI Winter Series are Classic Rock-N-Roll Weekend, March 16-18; and Comedy Classic Weekend, March 23-25.

The March 16 Rock-N-Roll show will begin with The Stranger – A Tribute to Billy Joel, featuring a full band and nonstop energy. On March 17, the stage will rock with the music of TUSK, billed as “the Ultimate Fleetwood Mac Tribute Band.”

 As for Comedy Classic Weekend, the twos and two nights of laughter will feature what is billed as featuring “a zany cast of characters all weekend, headlined by the hlarious Michael Ian Black.


 



 


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