TCC Symphony teams up with Asleep at the Wheel

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Updated: 10/11/2012 10:54 am Published: 10/11/2012 10:53 am

Western swing and boogie comes to Tulsa for two nights, Oct. 19 and 20, as the Signature Symphony at Tulsa Community College and the Grammy award-winning Asleep at the Wheel team up together.

The performances promise an evening of country music built around Bob Wills and his Western swing.

Bob Wills’ daughter, Carolyn Wills and granddaughter, Andrea Ruby will accept the Signature Champion award for Wills’ legacy and enormous contribution to music during the performance on Saturday, Oct. 20. “Bob Wills had such an impact on music in the 1930’s, it truly changed music forever”, said Barry Epperley, Artistic Director of Signature Symphony at TCC. “He lived in culturally-diverse communities that came together to create “Western swing”, which many of us associate with Bob Wills today. Not only was Bob one of my biggest idols, he was one of the most brilliant musicians we have ever known.”

In the same tradition as Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys, Asleep at the Wheel has been creating country swing for more than 40 years with 25+ albums and nine Grammy awards. In 1999, Asleep at the Wheel produced a tribute album to Bob Wills and the group also marked the 100th anniversary of Wills’ birth in 2005 with a play called ‘A Ride with Bob’ which is billed as a musical tour of his life using the band and other actors.

The Signature Symphony Champion award is designed to recognize an exceptional individual or organization that supports music and music education in our community. Nominations are being accepted from the public and the winners are recognized throughout the 2012-2013 Signature Symphony season.

The Signature Symphony at TCC and Asleep at the Wheel performances are Oct. 19 and 20 at the Performing Arts Center for Education at TCC Southeast Campus at 81st Street and Highway 169.

For ticket information call 918-595-7777.

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