The Frank Parsons BIG Band winds up its highly successful season at Richey Suncoast Theatre on Wednesday, even as founder/leader Frank Parsons announces the themes for concerts in the 2010-11 season.
"We have been sold out throughout the year, except for a seat here and there," Parsons said. The upcoming show is "It's Springtime — Batter Up!"
"The program theme will be spring/summer, with some farewell classics for those leaving the state for the summer," he said.
For several years, Parsons' 18-piece band has been doing monthly Wednesday matinee shows from October through May.
Attendance is lighter in the "shoulder season," but tickets are in high demand once the snowbirds arrive, Parsons said.
To accommodate seasonal residents, the band offers two different season tickets. All eight shows cost $64 ($8 apiece); five shows December through April are $45 ($9 apiece). Individual tickets cost $11, so either package affords a considerable savings.
Parsons provides commentary at each show, often giving the historical or musical backdrop for each tune. Conductor Fred Nunes kibitzes now and then and also is an accomplished trumpeter.
Liz Antony is the band's featured singer, but the group also has guest singers or musicians for many of the shows.
Oct. 13: "Basie Basics," a tribute to Count Basie
Nov. 10: "Early Ellington," with the music of composer, pianist and big band leader Duke Ellington
Dec. 8: "Ho Ho The Holidays"
Jan. 19: "Reed Rhapsodies," featuring the woodwind section
Feb. 16: "Love Songs & Stimulants"
March 16: "Miller Memories," with tunes of Glenn Miller
April 13: "Big Band Classics"
May 11: "Let's Fly Away!"
For tickets to Wednesday's show, call (727) 842-6777 and leave a message, or purchase at the box office an hour before the show. Season tickets will be for sale before and after the show and also during the intermission, as time permits.