Polk State Music will present “Dancing and Swinging” at 7 p.m. on April 28 at the Polk State Winter Haven Fine Arts Theatre, 999 Ave. H N.E.
“There will be plenty of excitement and energy,” said Director of Bands Don West.
The concert will feature the College’s symphonic band, performing selections such as “Mambo Greats” and music from Leonard Bernstein’s score to the Jerome Robbins ballet, “Fancy Free.” Adjunct piano professor Christy Sallee will join the band on an energetic, dance-inspired work by renowned Japanese composer Yo Goto titled, “Dancing in Air.”
The College’s jazz ensemble will perform classics such as “Satin Doll” and “Look for the Silver Lining,” as well as a “few surprises along the way,” West said.
The Jazz Society will round out the evening with Count Basie’s rendition of the Billy Strayhorn/Duke Ellington standard, “Take the A Train,” as well as music from Miles Davis, Antonio Carlos Jobim and Roy Hargrove.
“We’re going to take the audience on a musical journey of jazz history,” West said.
Lending his talents to the evening will be Orlando-based professional bass player Charlie Silva.
The concert is free for Polk State students, faculty and staff. Tickets for all others are $7 and can be purchased at the box office or at polk.edu/boxoffice.
In addition to Music, Polk State’s arts programs include Theatre and Visual Arts, all of which enjoy outstanding statewide reputations.