>The Ratio Theatre Company, in partnership with Friendly Caregivers, will present the World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra to New Bern for two shows Saturday October 15, 2011 at 2:00pm and 7:00pm. Performances will take place at the Scottish Rite Auditorium 516 Hancock St. in New Bern. This special concert event will commemorate Ratio’s second Anniversary. Ratio Theatre Company was founded in October, 2009.
Friendly Caregivers, a North Carolina licensed in home care agency in New Bern and Morehead City will be the Title Sponsor for this event and is thrilled to bring this level of entertainment to the New Bern area.
The legendary Glenn Miller was one of the most successful bandleaders in the swing era of the 1930s and ’40s. A matchless string of hit records, the constant impact of radio broadcasts and the drawing power at theatres, hotels and dance halls built and sustained the momentum of popularity.
Miller disbanded his musical organization in 1942, at the height of its popularity. He volunteered for the Army and organized the famous Glenn Miller Army Air Force Band. They traveled to Europe to entertain servicemen. On December 15, 1944, Major Miller took off in a single-engine plane from England to precede his band to France, never to be seen again. The Army officially declared him dead in 1945 and awarded Miller the Bronze Star posthumously.
Due to overwhelming demand, the Miller Estate authorized the creation of the present Glenn Miller Orchestra in 1956. They have been touring consistently since, playing an average of three hundred live dates a year all around the world. With its unique jazz sound, the Glenn Miller Orchestra is considered to be one of the greatest bands of all time.
The nineteen member band still plays many of the original Miller arrangements that continue to excite their fans. Additionally, they also play more modern selections in the big band style, carefully selecting only those newer tunes that lend themselves naturally to the Miller style and sound. The Glenn Miller Orchestra today continues to be the most sought after big-band in the world.
Tickets are on sale on line at www.ratiotheatre.org or at the Bank of the Arts 317 middle St. New Bern. General admission is $30.00 in advance and $35.00 at the door. There are seventeen seats for each performance with restricted views because of a railing. These seats will be sold at $15.00 each in advance and $20.00 at the door. Seats are limited so patrons are encouraged to purchase tickets early.
This event is not included in Ratio’s 2011-2012 season tickets. Season Ticket holders may purchase tickets to this event at a 10% discount. A portion of the proceeds will be shared with the Valley of New Bern Scottish Rite.
Submitted by: Andrea Owens, Ratio Theatre Company