The Big Broadcast!

Presented by the MHC Jazz Ensembles, the 14th annual not-to-be-missed recreation of a 1940s radio broadcast created and directed by Mark Gionfriddo, featuring WWLP-TV’s Brian Lapis as emcee “Fred Kelley.” 

This year marks the 80th anniversary of a performance by The Glenn Miller Orchestra at the Mount Holyoke Senior Promenade. In celebration of that Prom, the 2019 Big Broadcast will feature some music made famous by Glenn Miller. Fiddler Zoë Darrow ’12 will perform on two pieces: “Stay A Little Longer” by Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys, and “Ciribiribin” as originally sung by Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters.

Performances at 2:00 and 7:30 pm. Snowdate is Sunday, March 3.

Performance sponsors of The Big Broadcast! are: Mount Holyoke College, New England Public Radio, WWLP-22News & The CW Springfield, The Republican powering MassLive and El Pueblo Latino, and Loomis Communities.

Tickets (general admission):

  • Premium front and center seating: $25
  • Regular seating: $20
  • Senior Discounts: $10 in advance and $15 at the door
  • Students: $10

Tickets are on sale at The Odyssey Book Shop, Village Commons, South Hadley; the UMass Fine Arts Center Box Office; and at the door (subject to availability). For advance phone orders, call 413-545-2511 or 800-999-UMASS. For online tickets, visit Doors open one hour prior to each performance.

Mark Gionfriddo

Director of Jazz Ensembles, Coordinator of Piano Instruction, Instructor of Music

Brian Lapis

“Fred Kelley”

Brian Lapis is a member of the 22News Storm Team at WWLP-TV. This is his 12th season as WJAZ announcer and emcee “Fred Kelley.”

Zoë Darrow ’12