Glenn Miller Orchestra returns for a second night of glamour

By COLBY DENTON
Posted 1/13/19

In keeping with Cleveland’s passion for the arts, the Allied Arts Council is once again featuring the world-famous Glenn Miller Orchestra at its second annual winter event on Feb. 1 at the …

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Glenn Miller Orchestra returns for a second night of glamour

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In keeping with Cleveland’s passion for the arts, the Allied Arts Council is once again featuring the world-famous Glenn Miller Orchestra at its second annual winter event on Feb. 1 at the Cleveland Country Club.

Dwight Richardson, event planner and Allied Arts Council member, explained how the orchestra started.

“The current group started in the 1950s. They are continuing the Big Band Sound of the 1920s and 1930s,” he said. “The Glenn Miller Orchestra was the biggest and most well-known Big Band Sound of this era.”

The Glenn Miller Orchestra was formed  after the loss in World War II of the famed jazz and Big Band conductor Glenn Miller, named in memory of him and his original orchestra. The orchestra quickly rose in popularity. Richardson said fans of swing music will love its featured music.

Last year, the group was featured at the Allied Arts Council’s 25th Anniversary celebration. After receiving positive feedback from the community, the council was happy to bring the group back to Cleveland for a second year.

Tickets cost $100 each, and include a catered filet-mignon dinner from the Country Club and an hour of ballroom dancing lessons taught by Jack and Ollie Hall, as well as the titular musical entertainment.

“Jack and Ollie are probably two of the best ballroom dancers in Cleveland or even this area. They glide over the floor. You can’t help but watch them,” Richardson said.

All money raised goes toward aiding the Allied Arts Council to keep art alive in Cleveland/Bradley County and its schools. The council has donated nearly $25,000 in grants per year to local art programs, and the money raised at events such as this helps subsidize these grants.

Tom Rowland, Cleveland's mayor emeritus and a big fan of the orchestra, will serve as the evening’s emcee.

Dress for the event will be black-tie optional, mirroring last year’s dress code. Richardson said this is an excellent opportunity for Cleveland to break out its “glitz and glamour” for an evening.

Song titles will include classics from the era, such as “Chattanooga Choo Choo” and “Moonlight Serenade.”

“This will truly be one of the grandest nights in Cleveland,” he said. “If you like this type of music and want to support the arts at the same time, there’s no better place for you to be.”

The evening will begin with ballroom dancing at 6 p.m. followed by dinner at 7 and finally the evening’s entertainment from the Glenn Miller Orchestra. It is expected to end around 9-9:30 p.m.

Tickets must be purchased in advance so the Country Club can estimate the amount of food to prepare. You can purchase your tickets at the Cleveland Bradley Chamber of Commerce’s website at www.clevelandchamber.com under its Community Calendar or in-person at the Chamber of Commerce.


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