During the golden era of late-night television, Johnny Carson was the king of comedy, Ed McMahon the faithful sidekick and Doc Severinsen the flamboyantly dressed leader of the band. Carson and McMahon are gone, but Severinsen continues to entertain audiences across America with his terrific trumpeting and swinging big band. Severinsen and His Big Band perform in concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, at Penn State’s Eisenhower Auditorium.
Thanks to plenty of time in the practice studio, Severinsen still blows a mean horn and hits all the high notes. But he also surrounds himself with choice musicians with whom he’s more than happy to share the spotlight. The band’s repertoire includes Duke Ellington and Count Basie standards, other big band classics, pop, jazz, ballads and, of course, The Tonight Show theme song.
Tickets for the Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State presentation are $45 for an adult, $15 for a University Park student and $35 for a person 18 and younger. Buy tickets online at http://cpa.psu.edu or by phone at 814-863-0255. Outside the local calling area, dial 1-800-ARTS-TIX. Tickets are also available at four State College locations: Eisenhower Auditorium (weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.), Penn State Downtown Theatre Center (weekdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.), HUB-Robeson Center Information Desk (weekdays 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.) and Bryce Jordan Center (weekdays 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.). A grant from the University Park Allocation Committee makes Penn State student prices possible.
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