(New Braunfels) -- You're invited to take a swing back to the 1940's. The Mid-Texas Symphony's Big Band Blowout is this weekend and Maestro David Mairs says he's looking forward to sharing one of his all-time favorite vocal groups at this Sunday's concert.
“First of all, our big band concert is going to be fantastic - even if I say so myself, and the seven artists in San Antonio Vocal Arts Ensemble (SAVAE) are amazing. I have been working with SAVAE for many years, and let me tell you their tone, their harmonies, their deep-felt love for the music is contagious. The audience is going to absolutely love them singing 1940 standards like Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy and Sentimental Journey," said Mairs.
Big Band Blowout features faves from what organizers say are many of the best known big bands from the 1940s like Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, and Les Brown to name a few. Well-known tunes like Blue Skies, St. Louis Blues, and In the Mood performed by MTS' 70-piece orchestra are planned for this weekend.
SAVAE will present two sets during the evening, and vocalist, Tanya Moczygemba, says she and the other six members of the 28-year-old performance group are thrilled to work with Mairs again to bring the great sounds of the Big Bands to the community.
“We've performed with Dave since we started singing with him over 20 years ago. He can tell you a great story about how he dreamed SAVAE was doing big band music with the San Antonio Symphony. He contacted us and for five years in a row we did just that - performed big band music with Dave and the SAS,” said Moczygemba. “We love performing the standards. The harmonies are fabulous and reliving the poetic expression of past composers is beautiful.”
SAVAE's musical style is described as unique and as eclectic as musical variety gets. The members began as an ancient world music ensemble that accompanies ancient vocal music on a diverse collection of early and traditional instruments from the Middle East, Europe, and North and South America.
The award-winning group has had features on national radio shows including NPR's Performance Today, Sound & Spirit, Latino USA, The Savvy Traveler, and NPR's Weekend Edition.
Keeping musical traditions alive is important to the group. “History contributes to the formation of our lives.” Moczygemba stresses, “Experiencing the musical beauty of the past plants a loving and nostalgic appreciation in our hearts for the lives of those who came before us.”
Mairs says he can't wait to work with SAVAE again.
"They are masters at whatever they sing, and the golden oldies from the Big Band era are no exception."
One ticket price includes a full evening of dancing and dining and music. The event begins at 6 p.m. with free swing dance lessons and one cocktail. Dinner will follow at 7 p.m. with the concert beginning at 7:30 p.m.
The Mid-Texas Symphony's Big Band Blowout presented by Faust Hotel & Brewing Co. will be held in the New Braunfels Civic Center. Both individual tickets and tables are now available for sale. Tickets are available at www.mtsymphony.org or by calling 830-463-5353.