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ISO launches new season with a tribute to classic crooners

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Troy Shantz

The International Symphony Orchestra’s new season kicks off on Oct. 19 with the classics of “Old Blue Eyes” himself.

“Let’s Fly Away” features a selection of toe-tapping numbers by Sinatra, Bennett and Johnny Mathis performed by Grand Bend crooner Michael Vanhevel.

Together with the International Symphony Orchestra under the direction of musical director Douglas A. Bianchi, attendees will hear Come Fly with Me; I Left My Heart in San Francisco and Fly Me to the Moon among others.

“We’re starting the season with an upbeat performance,” said ISO executive director Anne Brown.

Vanhevel performs across Southern Ontario in a variety of styles from modern rock to Mozart and Beethoven. But music of the big band era is his forte.

The show at the Imperial Theatre begins at 7:30 p.m.

Brown said the Symphony hopes to maintain a strong pace after a wildly successful 60th season last year. This year has already brought an increase in subscriptions, she said.

“We look at whether our audiences are increasing and how they respond to the evening.”

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WHAT: “Let’s Fly Away” featuring Michael Vanhevel and the International Symphony Orchestra.

WHEN: Friday, Oct. 19, 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Imperial Theatre, 168 Christina St. North, Sarnia

Tickets: Adults $36, seniors $34, students $12.


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