Glenn Miller Orchestra swings in this SaturdayPublished 11:03am Thursday, April 25, 2013
A Center for the Arts is making room stage side in hopes concert-goers get up to move their feet this Saturday.
The world-renowned Glenn Miller Orchestra will stop in Fergus Falls for the final two shows in the Center’s annual concert series. With tickets going fast – only six were available for the evening show as of Wednesday evening – the day’s worth of jazz is sure to be something to hear.
“There’s a reason they are still considered one of the best and most sought after big bands in the country, and that’s because they continue to play at the level they do,” said Michael Burgraff, Executive Director at A Center for the Arts.
Formed in 1938, the orchestra gained fame with such popular songs as “Moonlight Serenade” and “In the Mood” until Miller’s disappearance in 1944. They continued recording and touring around the world in 1956 and have had a variety of leaders and musicians ever since.
Hosting such a historic act is what has made this season special for Burgraff. With a series filled with such talent, there’s no better deal for arts enthusiasts in the state.
“I tell people from the Twin Cities our ticket prices for a season and when I tell them it’s for eight shows, their jaws drop,” Burgraff said. “There are pockets like this around the state that are fortunate for what they have. Fergus is one of them.”
The series’s motto, “Escape without leaving,” has proven to be fitting with the variety of talent on stage over the past year, including two Grammy award winners. That has helped provide the Fergus community with a wide variety of cultural activities for residents to enjoy each week – making it what Burgraff calls a “mini-politan.”
“These artists travel all over the world playing big cities, then they drive through Fergus Falls,” Burgraff said. “Some even go out and get their picture taken at the otter, but it’s part of what we bring to each other. It’s a cultural exchange.”
The first show is at 2 p.m., with the second at 7:30 p.m. Space will be cleared at the front of the theater for dancing, which Burgraff said he hopes makes for a memorable evening.
“The goal is to have people walk away with a smile, to have it as a memory and an important part of their lives.”