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With its unique jazz sound, the Glenn Miller Orchestra is considered to be one of the greatest big bands of all time. With songs like “Moonlight Serenade,” “Tuxedo Junction, "Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree," and “Chattanooga Choo-Choo,” the band is as American as apple pie and coming to the Florida Keys.
Tickets for $40 are available for Monday, Jan. 28, at the Marathon High School Performing Arts Center, 350 Sombrero Beach Road, oceanside in Marathon, and on Tuesday, Jan. 22, in Islamorada at the Island Community Church (mile marker 83.3).
Thanks to individual and community business contributors, for less than the price of one ticket to a concert in Miami, $85, Keys residents and winter visitors can buy a season ticket and enjoy the remaining five concerts including Glenn Miller.
The 2013 program includes Fred Moyer, pianist extraordinaire, on Feb. 11 and 12; An Evening of Opera Highlights, Feb. 25 and 26; the Jupiter String Quartet, March 11 and 12, and the Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra March 16 and 18, playing the brand-new composition titled “Islamorada, (Purple Island)” by Miguel del Aguila. His works have been nominated for two Grammy Awards.
The Florida Keys Concert Association (FLKCA), a non-profit volunteer group, works all year to make this musical series happen.The Dukes of Dixieland kicked off the Florida Keys Concert Association Series Jan. 21-22 in Marathon and Islamorada playing to nearly sold-out crowds. Normally playing aboard the paddlewheel boat the Natchez on the Mississippi, the Dukes treated listeners to rousing New Orleans jazz concluding with “When the Saints go Marchin’ In.”
After Glenn Miller Orchestra, the remaining four concerts are $25 each. Season tickets, by far the best buy at $85, can still be purchased at The Key Largo Art Gallery (mile marker (MM) 103), Artamorada at The Rain Barrel (MM 86.9), and at Food for Thought (MM 58) in Marathon.
Also after the Glenn Miller Orchestra, the final four Marathon concerts are held at the San Pablo Church (MM 52).
All concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. Check the website, www.floridakeysconcerts.com, or call 216-408-6546 and 305-289-1110 in Marathon and/or 305-240-0061 in the Upper Keys for more details. Don’t miss one of the cultural highlights of the season.