Focus: The Glenn Miller Orchestra

Cape Cod Life  /  September/October 2023 /

Writer: Cape Cod Life Publications

A night of nostalgia and romance is coming to Harwich this fall. The Glenn Miller Orchestra, the direct continuation of Glenn Miller’s iconic band, travels throughout Northern America and the globe—even performing annually in Japan since 1963. This year, on November 15th, they are stopping in Harwich for a one-night musical production the whole family can enjoy. 

Erik Stabnau, music director of the Glenn Miller Orchestra, discussed what guests can expect during the two-hour performance, “It’s definitely a nostalgic experience for folks that either grew up with this music, or for a lot of folks who maybe grew up in a household where their parents were listening to the music.” Further, when it comes to the stylistic experience, Stabnau says guests can expect music rooted in the romantic era of the 30s and 40s with great vocals and creative lyrics. 

Stabnau made it clear that the performance isn’t just for music aficionados. He says, “I think these performances have a little something for everyone, whether it’s the instrumentals or the vocals. There’s some choreography on stage. So visually, it’s a fun show. As music director, I’m also the MC of the show, so I’ll give some history and information between songs.” He urges attendees to come, sit back, and experience the musical magic of Glenn Miller. “If folks are kind of on the fence or thinking about it, I’d say come see the show. I’m sure you’ll be entertained and love it.”

Stabnau is eagerly anticipating the Orchestra’s return to the Cape, “In the course of the year the band travels across the entire United States, sometimes several times back and forth. And with 200 shows we stop in all the cities, big and small. It’s been a while since we’ve made it to the Cape—which will be very exciting.” Incredibly exciting, nostalgia invoking, and musically brilliant—it looks as though all the boxes will be checked for a memorable night in November.

November 15, 7-9 pm • The 204 Cultural Arts Building, Harwich • For tickets visit eventbrite.com