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Arts & Entertainment Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra to perform Dec. 9 at WCU

The Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra and the Pied Pipers will perform “A Christmas Gift” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, at the Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center at Western Carolina University as part of the 2011- 12 Galaxy of Stars Series.The 2011-12 Galaxy of Stars Series at Western Carolina University continues with a performance by the Pied Pipers and the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, in the Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center on the WCU campus.

The Pied Pipers and the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra will perform their joint holiday show, “A Christmas Gift.” The show, filled with song classics from the World War II era, also will feature holiday favorites performed in the style and tradition of the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra and the Pied Pipers.

Versions of the Pied Pipers have been around for more than 70 years, with the current group including Nancy Knorr, Chris Sanders, Kevin Kennard and Don Lucas. The group was named the No. 1 vocal group of all time for six consecutive years by Billboard magazine. In 2001, the group was inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame.

Bill Tole will direct the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, a position he’s held since 2002. Tole has performed with other notable acts including Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and Tony Martin.

“A Christmas Gift” is sponsored by F. Patrick McGuire and David S. McGuire Dentistry in Sylva. Ticket prices are $20 for adults and seniors; $15 for faculty and staff; $10 for groups of 20 or more; and $5 for children and students.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, contact the Bardo Arts Center box office by phone at (828)227-2479 or online at bardoartscenter.wcu.edu.





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