An Evening of Big Band Swing at the Winnipesaukee Playhouse!

freesebrothersPut on your dancing shoes and step back in time for an elegant evening reminiscent of the 30s, 40s, and 50s, as the Winnipesaukee Playhouse is transformed into a ballroom for a night of Big Band music, dancing, and delectable refreshments to benefit a local charitable causes.

An Evening to Remember’ will begin at 7pm on Saturday, October 18th, when guests arrive at the beautiful Winnipesaukee Playhouse in Meredith, NH to enjoy an array of complimentary hors d’oeuvres and soft drinks, as well as a cash bar for wine and beer, hosted by Temple B’Nai Israel of Laconia. The music begins at 7:45pm, when the 19-piece Freese Brothers Big Band with two featured soloists will perform classic standards and hits representing the Swing and Jazz Eras, leading listeners through several decades of memories. The band will pay homage to big band legends such as Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Glenn Miller, and Frank Sinatra, along with more contemporary tunes specially arranged for big band performances.

The Freese Brothers, Jack, George, Courtland, and Bill, had been playing together for many years when they put together a group of talented musicians for a performance at a private party on the M/S Mount Washington in 1982. They thought it would be a one-time gig, but word got out, more performances were requested, and “before we knew it, we were a big band!” said Bandleader Jack, who continues performing to this day.

The soloists for Saturday’s show are New Englanders of note. Norm Blanchette is a performance veteran of the 18th U.S. Army Band and now the conductor of the NH National Guard Band. Liz Beaton also performs with other big New Hampshire bands and has enjoyed stints with New England’s finest: the Boston Red Sox, the New England Patriots, Presidents Reagan and Bush, Grammy winner Smokey Norful, and sports celebrities including Ted Williams.

Two non-profit organizations will benefit from ‘An Evening to Remember.’ The organizer of this event, Temple B’nai Israel (TBI), will contribute the net proceeds of the Freese Brothers Big Band concert to Lakes Region Community Services, which offers comprehensive support to individuals and families living with developmental disabilities. In addition, the Freese Brothers Big Band will make a contribution to their Scholarship Fund to help train young musicians from New Hampshire’s high schools to continue the Big Band tradition in the future. Buying tickets to this concert is a two-fold charitable investment. This program is the third and last of the 2014 TBI “We Care” series. Great music, food and drink, and good deeds, all in one grand evening!

Tickets to the event are $25 per person and can be purchased at the TBI website at www.tbinh.org/specialevents/freesebrothers.php or by calling 603-524-7044. For discount pricing for groups of ten or more, contact grouptix@tbinh.org.

For additional information on Meredith and some of the great events happening around the Lakes Region, visit www.meredithareachamber.com and www.lakesregion.org. And don’t forget to stop by the Mill Falls at the Lake website, too, at www.millfalls.com.

Carrie Reed
The Mill Falls Blogging Team

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