Big Band "Swings" into Ridgefield
The legendary music of Glenn Miller's Orchestra will have toes tappin' at the Ridgefield Playhouse.
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During World War II, Glenn Miller joined the war effort, and was seen as a musically talented, uniting force among the troops. On December 15th 1944, Glenn Miller, renowned musician, arranger, composer and bandleader, boarded a warplane on a mission to Paris and was never seen again.
The following year, Glen Miller, topped the album charts and became the most successful album. Even from the grave, Miller’s music still has an impact today. In 2003, posthumously, Miller received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
Now, The Ridgefield Playhouse is welcoming the critically-acclaimed Glenn Miller Orchestra. On August 5th, ticketholders will have the opportunity to travel back in time to the swing era and experience Miller’s musical energy. The first orchestra leader, Ray McKinely, collaborated with Miller before his disappearance. McKinely was one of the most talented and sought-after musicians in the history of the business; making him the perfect first leader of the Glenn Miller Orchestra.
Today’s leader, Nick Hilscher, has been working with the orchestra since 1998, performing some of Miller’s most successful songs “Moonlight Serenade” and “Chattanooga Choo Choo.” The mystery of his death, the vitality of his music, and the passion of these world-class musicians, come together to create a breathtaking performance.