In the Mood? This concert's for you

Last updated 07:49 26/02/2013

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The music of the golden era of swing in the 1940s will entertain locals when the Glenn Miller Orchestra from the United States plays at TSB Showplace.

There will be one New Plymouth concert only, on Friday, May 31, at 7.30pm.

This concert promises the audience a sentimental journey down memory lane.

It will feature the internationally renowned Glenn Miller Orchestra, the Moonlight Serenade Singers and the Broadway Swing Dancers, performing the great big band hits with the original Glenn Miller arrangements, the music of the Andrews Sisters, the Frank Sinatra songbook, and the romantic World War II melodies made famous by Vera Lynn - music that captivated millions of people worldwide, including Chattanooga Choo-Choo and In the Mood.

"The Glenn Miller Orchestra is a colourful and flamboyant evening filled with fun and nostalgia of the 30s and 40s," musical director Rick Gerber says.

"Our unique jazz sound is sought all around the world, and in addition to re-creating the golden era of swing, we bring to life the colour, costumes and spirit."

Bandleader and musician Glenn Miller inspired the World War II generation and boosted morale with his many popular songs. He formed the Glenn Miller Orchestra in 1937, and it immediately attracted attention and big audiences.

A series of recordings followed. In 1939, Miller dominated the top spot on the popular music charts for over a year, with In the Mood, a pared-down arrangement of the Joe Garland tune, holding the top spot for more than 15 weeks at the beginning of 1940, and Tuxedo Junction taking over and keeping Miller at No 1 into the northern summer.

In 1944, Miller disappeared while flying over the English Channel from London to Paris.

Tickets are available through Ticketmaster.

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