Swingin’ in December

Get ready for the big sound of swing, which utterly dominated the American popular-music scene in the late 1930’s and early 1940s, instantly bringing you back to Big Bands and dance floors crowded with exuberant jitterbugs dancing the Shag and the Lindy Hop.

Led by Artistic Director Steve Shaiman, this 20-piece Swing Era jazz ensemble presents a program of seasonal big band favorites, featuring the thrilling Christmas carols of Stan Kenton and highlights from The Nutcracker – as arranged by Duke Ellington and Les Brown – in addition to swingin’ Chanukah melodies to honor the Festival of Lights!

ArtsRock Artisitc Director Elliott Forrest said, “Once I saw scores of New Yokers dancing to the SwingTime Big Band at a Lincoln Center Out of Doors Concert, I knew I wanted to bring them to Rockland!”

Vocalists Bobbie Ruth and Jerry Costanzo bring it all home with Holiday classics from the Great American Songbook, plus there will also be a special 99th birthday tribute to Frank Sinatra (born on Dec. 12, 1915)!

“We come with two vocalists, five sax players, eight brass and four rhythm,” said Shaiman. “We were last in Rockland about five years ago when we performed at Riverspace, we are very excited to be back!”

Date is Saturday, December 13, 2014 at 8 p.m. at Temple Beth Torah, 330 North Highland Avenue Upper Nyack, New York.

Ticket Prices: Temple Beth Torah Members $22, General Admission $28