Glenn Miller Orchestra returns to Music Hall Ballroom on Oct. 18

Wednesday, Oct. 18, 7-10 p.m., Music Hall Ballroom

WMKV 89.3 FM will revive its “Big Bands in the Ballroom” series in its original location, Music Hall Ballroom, with a concert and dance featuring the Glenn Miller Orchestra.

This will be the first concert in the venue since the renovation of Music Hall. The organ, built in 1927 for the RKO Albee Theatre in downtown Cincinnati, remains on the west end of the ballroom, and other features of the space remain from that historic theater.

The Glenn Miller Orchestra is known for a dance songbook ranging from “In the Mood” to “Chattanooga Choo Choo” and stirring ballads like “Begin the Beguine” and “Body and Soul.”

Formed by Glenn Miller in 1938, the orchestra was a swing dance band, arranged around Miller’s clarinet- and tenor saxophone-playing melody, while three other saxophones played the harmony. This arrangement allowed Miller to develop his own style and sound, which made him and his orchestra one of the most well-known of the swing era. Nick Hilscher now serves as the band’s musical director/singer and will introduce new vocalist Maria Schafer to the Cincinnati audience.

Proceeds from the concert will benefit public radio WMKV 89.3 FM and its network, including WLHS 89.9FM. Tickets are $30 ($20 for students with ID) in advance, $35 at the door.

Tickets:  513-621-2787 or

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