Jeff Smith noon, April 17
Hillcrest Wind Ensemble
The Hillcrest Wind Ensemble celebrates the Big Apple with Music from Broadway and of the Big Band era.
Among the Broadway musicals featured, the 45 piece ensemble will perform music from Les Misérables and Chicago. The Mississippi Room will be transformed into a 1940s Cabaret with food and drink available. Music of Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington and other greats will be featured in a salute to the big bands, some of which actually played this venue. The ballroom still has its scallop shaped band shell and, after a $6 million renovation and restoration, the hotel looks as it did when the Hollywood stars would stay for a weekend getaway.
The ensemble celebrates over 25 years of performing and is a program of the LGBT Center and acts as a musical ambassador to the community as a whole. For this concert the band welcomes back local jazz vocalist Andrea Sperling who will perform two songs including a special Pride piece. Concert time is 7:00 pm with hors d'oeuvres starting at 6:30 pm and no-host bar throughout the night. Tickets are $15 in advance, available at the Windsmith on Granada Avenue, and $20 at the door.
- Cost: $15 - $20