By Theresa Goffredo Herald Writer
How about this for a sexy romantic evening: the music of Duke Ellington, a gourmet dinner with lush dessert and wine and some slow dancing?
That’s what the Everett Philharmonic has planned for its 2013 Spring Fling Gala on April 7 at the Comcast Events Center.
Music director Paul Elliott Cobbs will lead the orchestra with his charm and baton, performing Ellington classics such as “Such Thunder,” “In a Mellow Mood,” “Lush Life” and “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing).”
The orchestra will also perform several Ellington medleys including “Sophisticated Lady,” “Mood Indigo,” “Caravan,” “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore” and “Do Nothing ‘Til You Hear From Me.”
The featured vocalist is local singer Laurie Swanson, who has also been a principal oboist for Cobbs for 27 years, first with the Everett Symphony and currently with the Everett Philharmonic.
Singing has been Swanson’s favorite pastime since she was young and she has sung in a variety of settings. She fronts The Curators, a local combo that performs original arrangements of jazz standards.
There will be a silent auction with adventure packages, gourmet food, show tickets, restaurant gift certificates and more.
The gourmet dinner, a choice of bacon-wrapped pork loin, garlic-roasted chicken breast or minted sweet pea ravioli, comes with complimentary wine. Dessert is chocolate truffle cake or glazed Washington apple tart.
After dinner, Swanson will be joined by The Curators to provide music for dancing.
Operations manager Cami Davis said last year’s event sold out so buy tickets early.
“Everett Philharmonic’s Spring Fling with Duke Ellington!” runs from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. April 7 at Edward D. Hansen Conference Center at Comcast Arena, 2000 Hewitt Ave., Everett.
Tickets are $70; 206-270-9729 or www.everettphil.org.
Theresa Goffredo: 425-339-3424; firstname.lastname@example.org.