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World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra Opens Guest Artist Series 10th Anniversary Season

August 24, 2005

MILWAUKEE - The world famous Glenn Miller Orchestra kicks off the 10th anniversary season of the Guest Artist Series at Wisconsin Lutheran College. The orchestra performs Glenn Miller favorites including Tuxedo Junction, In the Mood and Moonlight Serenade. The concerts will be held September 9 & 10 at 8 p.m. in the Schwan Concert Hall of the WLC Center for Arts and Performance, 8815 West Wisconsin Avenue. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (414) 443-8802 or visit wlc.edu/arts.

Though Glenn Miller died at the height of his popularity in 1944, his legend and big band music lives on. The current orchestra is led by trombonist Larry O'Brien who first performed with the Miller band under the direction of Ray McKinley, a protégé of Miller. Since 1988, O'Brien has been instrumental in shaping the current Glenn Miller sound.

"Good things don't die," says O'Brien. "Rather, they age gracefully and mellow with years. If anything, I honestly think the authentic Glenn Miller music today is more popular with more people than ever before."

The Glenn Miller concerts are sponsored in part by the Wisconsin Arts Board.

Since 1995, the Wisconsin Lutheran College Center for Arts and Performance has been providing a comprehensive program of performing and visual arts and educational and community events for students and the people of southeastern Wisconsin.