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Lakeshore Big Band to feature aerialist Linda DiRaimondo and Roncalli Jazz Band

Manitowoc, Wis.—Aerialist! Jazz! Romance! UW-Green Bay, Manitowoc Campus Lakeshore Big Band presents “Evening of Passion” on Friday, Nov. 1, 2019 at the Capitol Civic Centre, Manitowoc. Conducted by Paul Sucherman, the concert will be a celebration of songs of love both lost and found.

Lakeshore Big Band (LBB) is excited to have aerialist Linda DiRaimondo perform suspended from the battens above the Capitol Civic Centre stage during the concert. DiRaimondo grew up in Manitowoc and started aerial dancing in 1998 while attending medical school at UW-Madison. For the past 20 years, in addition to pursuing her dream of practicing psychiatry, she has been serving on the Board of Directors of Cycropia Aerial Dance and performing, choreographing, costume designing, and directing aerial dance performances with Cycropia and as a solo artist. She will be performing to Little Willie John’s classic 1956 tune, Fever and the 1952 cha-cha classic Kiss of Fire.

The Roncalli High School Jazz Band will be Lakeshore Big Band’s on-stage guests. They will be performing four selections under the direction of Roncalli band director, Corey VanSickle. He said the band is excited and has been practicing every Friday before school starts and has been looking forward to this opportunity since last spring! Roncalli Jazz Band includes freshmen through senior high school musicians from throughout the lakeshore community.

“Evening of Passion” will feature the Manitowoc Public School District Music Parent Association’s Tunes-n-Taters silent auction “Solo with Lakeshore Big Band” winner. UW-Green Bay student Aliya Hammer joins the LBB trumpet section and will take center stage for a solo or two.

LBB has also prepared a few songs to honor the memory of LBB founder Michael J. Arendt. Gone too soon, but in our musical hearts forever.

Following the concert, the audience is invited to a reception in the Capitol Civic Centre’s Mertens Family Lobby to meet the conductor, vocalists, aerialist and members of the Manitowoc Campus Lakeshore Big Band and Roncalli Jazz Band.

Tickets for “Evening of Passion” are available at the Capitol Civic Centre Box Office during business hours or on the website cccshows.org. The cost is $16 for adult tickets and $9 for students and balcony seating, CCC preservation fee and taxes additional. For further ticket information, call the CCC Box Office at 920-683-2184. View dates and details about upcoming Lakeshore Wind Ensemble and Lakeshore Big Band concerts at www.LakeshoreWindEnsemble.org.

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