SALISBURY SYMPHONY SHOWCASES LOCAL TALENT IN ITS 16th ANNUAL FUNDRAISING GALA BIG BAND BASH A NIGHT OF FOOD, WINE, DANCING AND THE BEST BLUES & JAZZ PERFORMERS IN THE REGION!

Big Band Bash

Today, the Salisbury Symphony announces details for its annual BIG BAND BASH, which will take place at Catawba College on Saturday January 6, 2018.  This year’s fundraiser celebrates the music of Pearl Bailey and Ella Fitzgerald and is themed “First Ladies of Swing”. Now in its 16th year, the BIG BAND BASH is given by Charles & Rachel Oestreicher Bernheim in honor of Bert Oestreicher.

The gala will commence with a concert of jazz & blues featuring members of the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra and special guest artists from the area under the baton of David Hagy, which will take place at 6.30pm in Hedrick Theatre.  The Salisbury Symphony is delighted to announce vocalists Pat “Mother Blues” Cohen, Teresa Moore-Mitchell, Alexis Greer, and Rebecca Stinson, all of whom are residents of Salisbury, will be performing with the orchestra throughout the evening. Cohen, internationally recognized as one of the leading blues interpreters of her day, performs regularly across the globe at music festivals in Europe, South America, and the United States. Moore-Mitchell has an esteemed career in classical music, having performed with world-class ensembles such as the New York Philharmonic, New England Philharmonic and Opera Carolina.  Greer, who works with the Rowan Salisbury School System, moonlights as a jazz soloist and has received high praise for her performances, which include roles with Piedmont Players.  Stinson, has performed locally with numerous organizations including appearances with Chickweed, the Salisbury Community Choir, Livingstone College, and at special events at the V.A.

Immediately following the concert, from 7.30pm in Crystal Lounge, guests will be treated to a seated meal, open bar, and a night of music by the Salisbury Symphony and featured soloists.   Dancing is encouraged.

Executive Director, James Dane Harvey says: “The Big Band Bash is not only the Symphony’s biggest fundraising event and a great party, it also provides an opportunity for our orchestra to perform non-classical repertoire, demonstrating our musical versatility and commitment to music of all genres.  This year we are happy to showcase four distinguished performers who have made a mark in the music industry and who happen to live here in Salisbury.  We are proud to support local talent; it’s some of the best you’ll ever find!”

B&B Catering, back by popular demand, are presenting a fine-dining Winter Comfort Food menu with selections that include Sous Vide Tender Sliced Flank with Heirloom Chimichurri, Sun-dried Tomato and Feta Stuffed Chicken, Smoked Salmon Spoon with Dill Mayo, Bacon Crisps, Fresh Baked Bread, Grilled Local Veggies, Carmel Apple Pie, Crème Brule Cheesecake, and more!  There will also be an open bar with wine provided by the Salisbury Wine Shop.   

Join us for a special night out and support the Salisbury Symphony while doing so!  Benefactors receive special listing in the program and a table for eight for $1,200; Sponsors receive special listing in the program and a half-table for four for $600; Contributors receive special listing in the program and receive two tickets for $300; single tickets are available for $125.

Please visit www.salisburysymphony.org or call 704 216 1513 to book.