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Big Band Bash 2017

By Linda Jones

Executive Director, Salisbury-Rowan Symphony Society

As a salute to the Salisbury Symphony’s 50th Anniversary Season, the Big Band Bash’s theme this year is “Music of the Ages.” The classic annual fundraiser is scheduled for Saturday evening, Jan. 7, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in Hedrick Auditorium at Catawba College.

Rachel Bernheim has chosen this year’s event as a special tribute to her mother, Bert W. Oestreicher, for whom the Big Band Bash first began! “Mom loved to dance and adored big band music,” grins Rachel. “Nothing could be more appropriate than having her special sparkle add luster to the Big Band Bash.”

Lane Wallace, this year’s chairperson, has asked David Hagy to begin the musical toast with music from the Frank Sinatra era, following up on last year’s most successful event. As inspiration for incorporating more current styles, Lady Gaga’s collaborations with

Tony Bennett were considered. Knowing David Hagy’s genius for thematic programming, guests are sure to be delighted!

As in years past, the evening begins in Hedrick Auditorium with a stage presentation by the SSO Big Band. Then, everyone reconvenes in the Crystal Ballroom for dinner and dancing. B & B Catering will again provide the dishes.

Individual tickets are available for $100 each. Tables for eight or 10 may be reserved for $1,200 or $1,500, respectively. Most of the cost is tax-deductible. Last year’s event was sold out in advance, so those interested in attending are urged to purchase tickets early.

Thanks go to Lane Wallace and her committee: Andrea Anders, Buddy Farnan, Shari Graham, Henrietta Henderlite, Laura Lewis, Jordan Warren, and Jean Wurster. Funds raised by this special event help keep the music “on” for our community.

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