Rose Center Council is once again offering the Lakeway Area an opportunity to ring in the New Year to the sound of big band music.
The Al Curtis Orchestra, led by Russell Ramsay, will perform popular dance music from the big bands of the 40s and beyond at Rose Center on Dec, 31, from 9:30 p.m. until 12:30 a.m. on Jan. 1, 2013.
Admission to the event is $35 per person. Tickets are available from Rose Center board members or at the door.
New Year’s Eve celebrants are encouraged the make the night special by attending the evening of live music, hors d’oeurves and snacks, holiday favors and a midnight champagne toast. Adult beverages will be available, and attendees are welcome to take their preferred refreshment.
The Al Curtis Orchestra was formed in the early 1960s and performed during monthly dances at the former Hyatt Regency in Knoxville for more than 20 years. They also played for private and public functions throughout the southeast. Saxophonist Russell Ramsay, a 30-year veteran of the group, assumed the band’s leadership after Curtis passed away in 2004.
Ramsay is bringing a “big band” with 12 musicians scheduled to be on stage during the Rose Center celebration.
The orchestra will perform dancers’ requests: waltzes, rumbas, tangos, the cha-cha, and big band swing. Non-dancers are welcome to take advantage of a unique opportunity to enjoy music played live by a talented group of musicians using the traditional big band instrumentation of saxes, trumpets, trombones and rhythm section.
Rose Center is located at 442 W. Second North Street in Morristown. For more information, call 423-581-4330 or visit www. RoseCenter.org.