Opus One Big Band to play at UMF

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FARMINGTON — ArtsFarmington will present Maine-based Opus One Big Band at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at the North Dining Hall in the Olsen Student Center, 111 South St., at the University of Maine at Farmington.

Dancing will be an option and instruction will be available at 6:30 p.m. by Susan Atwood and Tom Whalen. Seating will be available at tables or around the edge of the hall. There will be a cash bar and snacks available.

Opus One is made up of top jazz performers from around the state who are also music educators. The group was founded more the 25 years ago as a way to introduce students to the joys of the Big Band Era while providing fundraisers to support local school music programs.

They will offer selections from the Count Basie Orchestra, The Tonight Show Band and Duke Ellington Jazz Orchestra, and vocal favorites from Frank Sinatra, Harry Connick Jr. and Michael Buble.

Opus One Big Band was founded by Dale Perkins, proprietor of Perkins Music House, Skowhegan. The group is directed by Doug Kennedy, a veteran music educator in Maine.

Table reservations can be made at artsfarmington.org. Tickets will be available at the door. Cost is $15 per person or $25 per couple. The concert is free for UMF students with an ID and anyone 18 and younger.

FMI: 207-778-9437. 

Maine-based Opus One Big Band will perform at the University of Maine at Farmington on Saturday, Nov. 3.

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