LUMBERTON — The Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater welcomes back a favorite touring big band that complements the setting of a historic theater that first opened in 1928 — a decade before the original version of this famous big band was formed.
The Glenn Miller Orchestra will perform in Lumberton on May 19 at 7 p.m. at the historic theater.
The present version of the orchestra was formed in 1956 and has been touring consistently since, playing an average of 300 live dates a year all around the world. Nick Hilscher is the orchestra’s present music director.
The orchestra is named for the iconic bandleader of the World War II era who died on Dec. 15, 1944, at 40 in a plane crash. Miller, who had joined Army Air Forces and had risen to the rank of major, was on an aircraft crossing the English Channel that disappeared. Miller was among three on board killed, including the pilot.
The Miller estate authorized an official Glenn Miller band in 1946. Miller was best known by such big band hits as “In the Mood,” “Moonlight Serenade,” “Pennsylvania 6-5000,” “Chattanooga Choo Choo,” “A String of Pearls,” and “Little Brown Jug.”
Tickets can be purchased online at www.carolinaciviccenter.com; by telephone at at 910-738-4339; or in person between noon and 6 p.m., Mondays through Fridays. The theater’s lobby box office opens for ticket sales one hour prior to a performance.
The theater is located at 315 N. Chestnut St.