Benefit Concert

by Press Release | Apr 18, 2005
Benefit Concert The Midiri Brothers Orchestra, consistently cited as one of the most successful big bands on the East Coast, will perform in concert to benefit the Philharmonic of Southern New Jersey at 8pm on Saturday, April 30, at the Eastern Center for the Performing Arts, 1401 Laurel Oak Road, Voorhees.

Joe and Paul Midiri built the band's reputation by combining authentic yet creative performances of the music of Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton, Artie Shaw, Glenn Miller and others with their own special arrangements in the tradition of the Swing and Dixie eras. The benefit concert program will include big band and swing era classics such as "Moonlight Serenade," "Stardust," "Woodchopper's Ball," and "Avalon."

Clarinetist and saxophonist Joe Midiri, who has performed before sold-out audiences in re-creations of Benny Goodman's historic 1938 concert in Carnegie Hall, leads the band, while versatile co-leader Paul does turns on trombone, drums, trumpet and, with the band's Jazz Sextet, vibes. Joe Midiri has appeared as a classical soloist with several regional orchestras, including the Philharmonic of Southern New Jersey (PSNJ).

But the musical connection between PSNJ and the Midiri Brothers goes beyond that. Lead trumpeter Steve Schaffner is PSNJ's assistant conductor and trombonist Art Leiby plays bass trombone with PSNJ.

"I think of it as a musical alliance that brings Glenn Miller and Gustav Mahler into the same sphere. We are delighted to be able to offer PSNJ's loyal audience the opportunity to hear one of the country's finest big bands and to give Midiri Brothers' fans the opportunity to discover the Philharmonic of Southern New Jersey," said Yole Patterson, president of PSNJ's board of directors.

All tickets for the concert are $18. Reserved seating is limited, and general admission tickets will be sold at the door.

Send checks payable to The Philharmonic of Southern New Jersey to P.O. Box 1750, Cherry Hill, NJ 08034.

For more information about tickets, call (609) 654-9653. For more information about PSNJ or the Midiri Brothers Orchestra visit their respective websites at and

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