WMKV Radio Celebrates 20th Year with Glenn Miller Orchestra Dance Concert

Arts and Entertainment

April 29, 2015

Historic Music Hall Ballroom will again resonate with the sounds of classic big band music Thursday, May 14 from 7-10pm as the world famous Glenn Miller Orchestra comes to Cincinnati for a one-night only dance and concert engagement.  The gala event is helping WMKV Public Radio mark its 20th year of broadcasting.


     "It's only fitting that the Glenn Miller Orchestra is helping us kick off our 20th year," says WMKV's Bob Hanneken, "We had them in Cincinnati for our 15th anniversary and they've been a hit in Cincinnati every year since."


     The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra plays the original Miller music charts and brings a fantastic energy and sound, playing some 300 dates a year around the U.S.   The three-hour dance and concert will benefit public radio WMKV 89.3FM which is simulcast on 89.9FM WLHS.  Tickets for the concert are $30 per person and may be obtained by calling 513-621-2787, ordering on-line at www.cincinnatiarts.org, or at the Music Hall Box Office. There are no additional service fees for tickets.  Discount $3 parking is available for the May 14 event. 


      The Miller Orchestra is known for an incredible dance songbook from In the Mood to Chattanooga Choo Choo and tremendous ballads.  This is another in a series of dance/concerts to be brought to Music Hall Ballroom, including legacy bands such as the Harry James Orchestra, Count Basie Orchestra, Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, and Artie Shaw Orchestra.   Music Hall Ballroom can accommodate enough audience so that WMKV can bring in a band as popular as the Glenn Miller Orchestra with plenty of room for dancers of all ages and skills.  The concert is made possible by the support of Mercedes Benz of Ft. Mitchell, MyMedicareQuestion.com, and the Spring Grove family of services. ArtsWave also supports the event.


     "This music is timeless, and I love the fact that people of all ages attend these dances," adds WMKV Station Director George Zahn, "We have people in their teens dancing next to people in their nineties, and many come out just to listen to the orchestra as well.  Music Hall Ballroom is the perfect historical venue."


     WMKV is an independent public radio station in Cincinnati, Ohio, celebrating its 20th year of operation, and the only licensed public radio station in the country owned by a continuous care retirement community (CCRC), Maple Knoll Village, and serves as a mission-oriented feature of parent Maple Knoll Communities, Inc.  The station has carved a niche as a local broadcast and worldwide-streaming audio leader for nostalgia including music (now oldies, standards, and big bands), classic radio comedy and drama, and information programs.  The station is heard at 89.3FM (now also simulcast on 89.9FM WLHS in Butler and warren Counties) and streams audio worldwide 24/7 at www.wmkvfm.org.


    The 22,000 square-foot Music Hall Ballroom is Cincinnati's largest event room outside of those in the DukeEnergyConvention Center in downtown Cincinnati.  When it opened in January of 1928 on the second floor of the south wing of Music Hall, it quickly became the place to socialize and celebrate events and has hosted countless concerts, dances, and celebrations.  Renovated in 1998, the Music Hall Ballroom features many art deco fixtures from the old RKO Albee, and how also hosts a Mighty Wurlitzer Organ which was once housed in the RKO Albee and later in the Emery Theatre.