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    Several anonymous donors, calling themselves “Friends of Irvington,” have generously arranged to bring back The Continentals Orchestra for a second year to perform a Labor Day concert in Irvington on Sunday, September 1 at 6:30 p.m. This is the fourth in the 2002 Concert on the Commons series sponsored by the Irvington Chamber of Commerce and Village Improvement Association (ICC/VIA).

     The Continentals Orchestra from Richmond, billed as “Virginia's finest and favorite dance, show and concert orchestra,” is a well-known big band composed of 16 musicians and two vocalists. Over a period of 35 years The Continentals have appeared with some of the biggest names in show business including Bob Hope, Doc Severinson, Benny Goodman, Della Reese and others. Chosen as the Best Big Band at the Virginia Beach Jazz Festival, they have also played at venues such as The National Press Club in Washington, DC, The Greenbriar in White Sulphur Springs, The Homestead in Hot Springs, The Cavalier in Virginia Beach, and many more. 

     The Continentals’ repertoire includes such well- known songs as Glenn Miller's "In the Mood", Gene Kruppa's "Boogie Blues", Benny Goodman's "Let's Dance", George Gershwin's "Love is Here to Stay", Duke Ellington's "It Don't Mean a Thing", and many more. 

     “Last year’s concert was a great success, and was attended by over 2,000 people,” says Alison Drake, Co-Chair of ICC/VIA. “We are thrilled to have the Continentals returning for a second year. And, more importantly, we are incredibly thankful for the generosity and public spirit of the Friends of Irvington for making a concert of this caliber possible for a second year.” 

     This Labor Day concert is free and open to the public. As with all Irvington concerts, the public is encouraged to pack a picnic dinner and to bring family and friends to the Irvington Commons and enjoy the music. 

     “Since the dance floor was overflowing last year, we will be providing a larger dance floor for people to show off their talents – so don’t forget your dancing shoes!” says Alison Drake.

     For more information about this Labor Day concert or other events in Irvington, please call Marybeth Sisson at (804)438-6180 or Alison Drake at (804)438-5447. 

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