Let’s swing into the mood with 1940s Orchestra

OLD-WORLD GLAMOUR: The Swing Kittens will sing with the Glenn Miller Orchestra when they visit Lismore in July.
OLD-WORLD GLAMOUR: The Swing Kittens will sing with the Glenn Miller Orchestra when they visit Lismore in July.

THE Glenn Miller Orchestra, The Swing Kittens and The Broadway Swing Dancers will transport Lismore back to the 1940s, with the great Big Band hits, the music of The Andrews Sisters, the Frank Sinatra Songbook and the romantic Second World War melodies made famous by Vera Lynn.

We'll Meet Again, The White Cliffs of Dover and many timeless icons of American culture such as Chattanooga Choo Choo, In the Mood, Tuxedo Junction, A String of Pearls, Moonlight Serenade and Little Brown Jug will all be part of the orchestra's performance.

The concert will feature 26 musicians, singers and dancers on stage.

Even after 77 years, Glenn Miller's musical arrangements are still heard around the world.

Artistic director Rick Gerber said the Glenn Miller Orchestra was "a strange phenomenon that nobody can explain".

"The music still survives to this day in popularity," he said.

"On our previous tour of Australia and new Zealand, we noticed that people have a closer remembrance association with the war years in this part of the world.

"We have a meet and greet after almost all the shows and almost everyone had a father, brother or uncle or somebody in the Anzac forces in the Mediterranean or in North Africa.

"We also noticed that in every small town we stop by for a break that you can always find some kind of memorial, plaque or statue remembering those who served."

The Glenn Miller Orchestra currently touring Australia is an exact replica of the original civilian ensemble.

The orchestra is made up of five saxophones, four trumpets, four trombones, piano, bass, drums, a male and a female singer, plus Gerber directing, for a total of 19 people.

The tour includes The Swing Kittens, "three young university students in their early 20s, who do an excellent re-creation of The Andrew Sisters, who were immensely popular at the same time as Glenn Miller was," Gerber said.

There will also be two couples, The Broadway Swing Dancers, who Gerber said add "a tremendous amount of visual entertainment, which is very important for an on stage production".

"Otherwise all you have is guys sitting behind music stands," he said.


The Glenn Miller Orchestra will perform at Lismore City Hall on Monday, July 14, at 5pm. Tickets and information at or phone 1300 066 772.

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