In celebration of Old Blue Eyes’ 100th birthday, Salisbury Symphony plans ‘A Salute to Sinatra’

Published 12:00 am Thursday, November 12, 2015


Ol’ Blue Eyes — who doesn’t know who that is?! Frank Sinatra is one of those musical legends who finds an audience every generation. In celebration of what would be his 100th birthday this December, the Salisbury Symphony is creating “A Salute to Sinatra.”

On Jan. 9, 2016, the Salisbury-Rowan Symphony Society, Inc. will present its 15th Big Band Bash, chaired by Andrea Anders and Michael Bitzer. Popular aspects remain the same, such as the sit-down concert in Hedrick Auditorium that begins the evening and the dinner and dancing that follow in the Crystal Ballroom.

David Hagy’s big band will again provide the music, and several suave crooners will vie to conjure up Frank’s unforgettable sound.

New this year, we are kicking off a bit earlier in the evening — 6:30 p.m. — to leave more time for dinner and dancing to the tunes of Frank Sinatra. B & B Catering, new to the Big Band Bash, will prepare a divine dinner to enjoy and the Crosby Scholars will check your hats and coats.

Don’t forget your dancing shoes, as this year ticket holders are offered free dance lessons by Diana Moghrabi in advance of the event. Those who took advantage of her lessons in the past were impressive on the dance floor!

Finally, new this year: attendees will have the opportunity to support the Symphony while having a chance to win an all-expenses-paid Frank Sinatra-style weekend in New York City, courtesy of Charles and Rachel Oestreicher Bernheim.

Committee member Lane Wallace will make all travel arrangements for two on any weekend of the winners’ choosing. Tickets for a chance to win the trip will be sold at the Bash.

For tickets and information, visit or call 704-637-4314.

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