Get “in the mood” to join David Wroe and Westfield Symphony for Swing Time on Sunday, September 9th at 3 p.m. when the fully professional symphony orchestra will change gear to deliver the authentic sounds of a modern swing band in full flight.
Come dance, bounce and sway to the irresistible rhythms of big band and swing standards from the 30s to the 50s and more. Featuring music made popular by Benny Goodman, Glen Miller, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, and many others, WSO plans to have the audience swing dancing to blistering big band hits all afternoon long.
"It's a great opportunity for our orchestra to get out and do something a little different," remarked Maestro Wroe, who has been working with the musicians on their "swing."
Bandleaders like Benny Goodman and Count Basie made “danceable swing” the popular form of music back in the 30s and 40s – a sound that continues to be embraced and enjoyed by millions today.
“Benny Goodman’s importance to American music cannot be underestimated," continued Wroe. “His transition to swing made it plausible to actually get up and dance while the music played and not just sit passively and listen. “
The concert also features special guests The Manhattan Dolls, A NYC swing-style female vocal trio with the sound of The Andrews Sisters. This event has been made possible through the outstanding generosity of three local impresarios, Keith S. Hertell, Sal Caruana and Gerald Glasser.
Says Mr. Hertell, “We are honored and excited to help provide the opportunity for WSO to showcase its multifaceted talents. Swing Time is guaranteed to get everyone "in the mood" with a host of golden oldies. I encourage the entire community to grab their dancing shoes and come out and join us for this unique WSO event which has so much energy the legs on your seats will be tapping.”
Swing Time will take place at L’Affaire, 1099 Route 22 in Mountainside, where there will be a cash bar, complimentary snacks, and ample space for both listening and dancing. Admission tickets are $30 for general seating and $55 for reserved table seating. Tables of 6, 8 or 10, located next to the dance floor, are available for advance reservation on a first come first served basis.
Tickets may be purchased online atwww.westfieldsymphony.org or by calling (908) 232-9400. To reserve a complete table for 6, 8 or 10 people ($55 per person), please have one member of your party purchase tickets for your entire group.