Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra to perform as part of Northwest Oklahoma Concert Series Nov. 10

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Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra to perform as part of Northwest Oklahoma Concert Series Nov. 10

October 30, 2008

The Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra will perform in Herod Hall Auditorium at Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Alva on Monday, Nov. 10, at 7:30 p.m.

For decades The Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra has been one of the world's foremost jazz orchestras. Leadership of the band has been passed to Bill Tole, who continues to bring joy to young and the “young at heart” as they enjoy the sounds of American Music - our history.

Tole, a Pittsburgh, Pa., native had the influence of his musical parents to help him develop an appreciation for the art of music. He also has performed with some of the greatest in the music industry including Ella Fitzgerald, Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra. Tole has continued to further his musical talents as the leader of the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra.

Besides Tole, the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra receives musical talent from vocal soloist Nancy Knorr. Also a Pittsburgh, Pa., native, Knorr came from a family of musicians. Her background includes classical training as a violinist and performing with the world renowned Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra at the age of 12.

Having the opportunity to share the stage with such talents as Toni Tennile, Jack Jones, and Les Brown, she has showcased her incredible talent and love for musical harmony and performance. Knorr continues to be successful as a soloist for the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, which she considers a tribute to the legendary Helen O’Connell.

Tickets can be purchased at Holder Drug, Schuhmacher’s, and the NWOSU Bookstore or by calling (580) 327-8692. Adult season tickets are $30 (a $40 value) and student season tickets are $15 (a $20 value). Tickets to individual performances will be sold on an “as available” basis at $10 for adults and $5 for students.

For more information regarding the Concert Series, contact Dr. Stephen Kingsbury, concert series chairman and associate professor of music, at (580) 327-8692 or via email at sakingsbury@nwosu.edu.

The Northwest Oklahoma Concert Series is made possible with the assistance of the Oklahoma Arts Council, the National Endowment for Fine Arts, the Share Trust of Alva and the generous support of patrons and contributors.