On Sunday, at 7 p.m. on Aug. 17, Kahilu Theatre will present The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott’s Naupaka Ballroom. The performance will include live swing dancing, female trio The Swing Sisters, and vocalist Bryan Anthony – 25 musicians, singers and dancers celebrating the golden era of the ’40s.
In Big Band history, the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra is recognized as one of the best all-around dance bands. Dorsey, called “The Sentimental Gentleman of Swing,” was a master at creating warm, nostalgic, and always musical moods.
The concert will include original arrangements of Tommy Dorsey Orchestra hits, “I’m Getting Sentimental Over You,” “Opus No.1,” “Bugle Call Rag,” “Song of India” and many of the vintage Sinatra classics – “This Love of Mine,” “I’ll Never Smile Again” and” Blue Skies.”
The Swing Sisters compliment the show performing the greatest hits of The Andrews Sisters. An added attraction is pre-show swing dance demonstrations by the sensational local dance group The Hilo Hep Cats.
Dorsey became one of the greatest Big Band leaders of that era and was honored with Grammy Awards for “I’ll Never Smile Again” and his famous theme song “I’m Getting Sentimental Over You.” The orchestra will also pay tribute to the Kings of Swing – Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Harry James and Woody Herman featuring such classics as “Sing, Sing, Sing,” “Memories of You,” “Begin the Beguine,” “Ciriciribin” and “Woodchopper’s Ball.”
VIP tickets include the best seats in the house, early admission and reception on the lawn and lanai, including drinks, pupus, and pre-show entertainment. Grammy-nominated and three time Na Hoku Hanohano Award Nominee, Kahulanui will perform for VIP guests. Influenced by the Royal Hawaiian Band and Hawaiian swing orchestras, Kahulanui performs classic Hawaiian songs in a syncopated style.
Doors open at 6 p.m. with pupus and drinks available for purchase before and during the show. Swing dance attire is encouraged.
Tickets are available at kahilutheatre.org, at the Kahilu box office, or by calling 885-6868. Tickets are $121 for VIP, $77 for A section, both centrally seated at tables, with $42 and $32 tickets in theatrical seating. VIP and A section tables of 12 are also available for purchase.