The Tar River Swing Band rehearses for a previous concert at the Dunn Center at N.C. Wesleyan College. The band returns to the center's stage at 7:30 p.m. today to offer its 'Hollywood and Broadway' concert.
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The Tar River Swing Band rehearses for a previous concert at the Dunn Center at N.C. Wesleyan College. The band returns to the center's stage at 7:30 p.m. today to offer its 'Hollywood and Broadway' concert.

Band will have Dunn Center swinging

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Music from the silver screen and the Great White Way offers the theme for tonight’s performance by the Tar River Swing Band at the Dunn Center at N.C. Wesleyan College.

The “Hollywood and Broadway” concert includes three works from Broadway musicals, a release says: “Strike Up the Band” by George and Ira Gershwin from the production of the same title; “April in Paris” by Vernon Duke and E.Y. Harburg from “Walk A Little Faster”; and “Night and Day” by Cole Porter from “Gay Divorce.”

From the silver screen, the concert will include “April in Paris” from “Blazing Saddles,” “Ol’ Man River” from “Showboat” and “My Favorite Things” from “The Sound of Music.”

Also on the program is “Mack the Knife,” which traces its roots to the German play and movie “The Threepenny Opera” and later became an early rock song that the late Bobby Darin made into a Billboard No. 1 hit.

Matching the music will be featured soloists, including Carol Ingsbretsen, singing “This Can’t Be Love,” “Come Rain or Come Shine” and “Nice Work if You Can Get It,” and Will Williams, performing “Mack The Knife,” “Night and Day” and “Late in The Evening,” the release says.

The concert’s music soloists will include saxophonists Glenn Ingram and Dennis Hart and drummer Jon Wacker.

Wacker will do double duty, conducting the performance when he isn’t on the drums. The director of percussion studies for 11 years at East Carolina University, Wacker performed with the swing band for six years before recently becoming its director, the release says.

Before coming to North Carolina, he performed as the resident drummer and percussionist for MGM and Harrah’s Hotel and Casino orchestras is Las Vegas. Artists he performed with there include Tony Bennett, Sammy Davis Jr., Debbie Reynolds and Rosemary Clooney.

The concert is part of the band’s observance of Jazz Appreciation Month, which “highlights the glories of jazz as both a historical and a living treasure,” the release says.

“April is one special month to draw greater public attention to the extraordinary heritage and history of jazz and its importance to American culture,” the release says. “Musicians, concert halls, schools, colleges, museums, libraries and public broadcasters are offering special programs during this month.”

The concert begins at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $13, and students 18 and younger are admitted free with a school ID. For tickets, go to dunncenter.com or call the center’s box office at 985-5197.

The band will offer the concert again at 8 p.m. April 25 at Turnage Theater in Washington, N.C.

For more information, call 985-3055.