2013-01-31 / On the Town

Big band concert to ring in Valentine’s Day


Elmer Ramsey Elmer Ramsey California Lutheran University will present “A Valentine Concert: Elmer Ramsey, His Trumpet and Orchestra” at 7:30 p.m. Sat., Feb. 9 in Samuelson Chapel, south of Olsen Road near Campus Drive.

Ramsey’s annual concert of big band music and love songs celebrating Valentine’s Day will feature the Conejo Pops Orchestra performing music from the likes of Count Basie, Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, Harry James, Glenn Miller and Artie Shaw.

The vocal duo comprising Westlake Village resident Nancy Osborne and Ned Rifken will perform with the orchestra. Daniel Geeting, a member of the CLU music faculty, will be featured on clarinet.

Ramsey, a CLU professor emeritus of music, had his own 1940s-style big band on a Washington radio station and did tours with Mel Tormé and other popular singers. He made his Southern California debut at the Hollywood Bowl. He conducted concerts for 18 years at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and conducted for motion pictures.

In addition, Ramsey has been music director of the Conejo Pops Orchestra for more than 30 years.

Admission is $20 for adults and $10 for students

For more information, call (805) 493-3306 or visit www.callutheran.edu/music.

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