Sold out performance – Glenn Miller Orchestra
March 2, 2009 by WLKM
Nearly every seat was filled for the concert by the Glenn Miller Orchestra Saturday evening (February 28th) at the Riviera Theatre in downtown Three Rivers – and quite a concert it was!
Familiar songs – and some less known – were included in a program that featured the 19-piece band led by trombonist Larry O’Brien, who is the orchestra’s current musical director.
The audience was enthusiastic in its response to the musical lineup that included Miller classics such as “Tuxedo Junction,” “Moonlight Cocktail,” “Pennsylvania 6-5000,” “A String of Pearls,” “In the Mood,” “(I’ve Got a Gal) In Kalamazoo” and George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue.”
Vocalist Julia Rich was another highlight of the concert, performing as a soloist and also with three members of the band who joined her as the “Moonlight Serenaders” to perform songs in the style of “The Modernaires.”
ilitary veterans in the audience were applauded after O’Brien asked them to stand as he introduced “American Patrol” which was played as a tribute to their service to the country.
Another highlight of the evening was an all-acoustic performance of “Londonderry Air,” otherwise known as “Danny Boy.”
O’Brien described the recently-restored theatre as a “treasure” and – regarding the sound quality the theatre provides for such performances – said, “It’s superb.”
O’Brien noted that such theatres aren’t being built anymore and encouraged the audience to support the live entertainment that comes to the Riviera.