Waltz, swing and snack at Swinging in Vienna

January 11, 2011

Ben Rosellini and the trumpet section of the Issaquah Jazz Band perform jazz standards during last year’s Swinging in Vienna at the Issaquah Community Center. By Greg Farrar

The Viennese waltz spread through Europe in the early 19th century, filling dance halls with men and women who, according to social critics, danced a little too closely with one another.

Pushing the social envelope, the dancers paid no heed to the critics, and the tradition spread across the Atlantic, all the way to Issaquah.

The 13th annual Swinging in Vienna concert features the Issaquah School District Evergreen Philharmonic Orchestra and Issaquah High School jazz band, which will play music as patrons dance through the school’s commons.

The orchestra has a litany of waltzes and polkas to play and the band will bring back the 1940s with swing music from the Big Band era. The public, whether skilled at dancing or not, is invited to the show for waltz and swing lessons with a serving of desserts, coffee and punch to keep them going.

Orchestra Director Doug Longman will teach waltz lessons before conducting his pack of about 70 musicians — all who had to audition for the districtwide ensemble.

Liberty High School senior Marika Tindall-Ralph, who plays the violin, said students get a kick out of watching Longman lead dance tutorials.

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Swinging in Vienna

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Swinging in Vienna

Come dance the night away dressed in your best under a star-lit Vienna sky. The 18th annual Swinging in Vienna concert features and benefits the Issaquah School District Evergreen Philharmonic and Issaquah High jazz band. The set list includes Viennese waltzes and dance music from the Big Band era. Tickets are $50 for couples; $40 for singles. Student and senior pricing is $40 for couples; $25 for singles. Coffee, punch and elegant desserts are served all night and are included in the price.

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Dancers twirl in the Issaquah Community Center as the Evergreen Philharmonic Orchestra performs at Swingin’ in Vienna in January. File

Skyline High School violinist Melinda Wang and her friends from around the Issaquah School District have the chance of a lifetime this school year.

Wang, a senior and the concertmaster for the district’s Evergreen Philharmonic Orchestra, will be one of 54 fellow musicians who will get to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York in May.

Carnegie Hall has hosted the likes of the Beatles, Leonard Bernstein, composer John Adams, the New York Philharmonic and Duke Ellington, among others. Read more

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