Polish your dancing shoes for Nov. 10 ‘Evening of ...

Polish your dancing shoes for Nov. 10 ‘Evening of Swing’ gala

MTSU’s Friends of Music are readyfor another gala community celebration of the university’s School of Music: the sixth annual “Evening of Swing” dinner/dance event on Saturday, Nov. 10, at Murfreesboro’s Stones River Country Club.

Members of MTSU’s Friends of Music organizing committee work out details for the sixth annual “Evening of Swing” gala dinner/dance fundraiser for the university’s School of Music, set for Saturday, Nov. 10, at the Stones River Country Club. Seated from left are Shirley LaRoche, Liz Rhea and Jane Blakey; standing from left are Veronica Milnar and John and Bobbie Duke. (photo submitted)

The evening, which will get under way at 6:15 p.m., will feature the big-band music of the 1930s and ’40s performed by MTSU’s two jazz ensembles, directed by MTSU music faculty members Jamey Simmons and Don Aliquo.

“The Friends’ annual ‘Evening of Swing’ galas have drawn large numbers of community members to enjoy the pre-reception, dinner, dancing and fellowship,” said Dr. George T. Riordan, director of the MTSU School of Music.

“We have a number of big-band music scores for our ensembles that will be familiar to everyone who enjoys swing music, including hits by the likes of Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington and Tommy Dorsey, so bring your dancing shoes.”

Individual tickets to the event, which includes dinner and a gala evening of music and dancing, are $100 per person. Tables seating eight are available for $800, and patron and major sponsor tables for up to 10 people are available for $1,000 and $2,500.

Adding that the country club is a “great place for dancing and enjoying music,” Riordan noted that “people have been very impressed with the authentic and danceable swing provided by our students in the MTSU jazz ensemble. This is a wonderful forum to introduce the high quality of our musicians to people who haven’t yet enjoyed concerts at the School of Music.”

Riordan said the Friends of Music was organized to encourage community members to enjoy the 200-plus concerts presented each year at MTSU and to help the school provide more services and opportunities to music students. The Friends also offer guidance to the School of Music by providing a community perspective.

“Proceeds from the last Evening of Swing in 2010 made it possible for some 50 or more music students to take advantage of professional opportunities that they otherwise would have to miss,” the director said.

“We’re grateful for the foundation that our patrons provide to help for us in our mission of serving students, MTSU and state and local communities. And we have an active and dynamic leadership committee who are excited about this event, the school and our students.”

MTSU’s “Evening of Swing” organizing committee members include Liz Rhea, Shirley LaRoche, Jane Blakey, Martha Curl, Bobbie and John Duke, Brenda McFarlin, Margie Spangler, Hannah Witherspoon, Veronica Milnar, Linda Palmer, Robbie Hooper and Aimee Holt. In addition to Riordan and Simmons, MTSU representatives on the committee are Connie Huddleston, Beth Duffield, Andrea Dawson, Deanna Little and Claudette Northcutt.

For more information on “Evening of Swing” or the Friends of Music, including ticket inquiries, please contact Northcutt at 615-898-5924.