This year marks the 100th anniversary of big-band leader Glenn Miller, born on March 1, 1904, in Clarinda, Iowa, whose hits included “Moonlight Serenade,” “In the Mood,” “String of Pearls” and “Little Brown Jug.”

Mitsukoshi department store in Tokyo’s Nihonbashi will hold an exhibition from Dec.21 that will cover the life and music of this U.S. trombonist.

The exhibition will display about 40 photographs showing Miller onstage and behind the scenes, as well as a replica of the uniform he wore when he was the leader of the Army Air Force Band, photocopies of music he wrote and replicas of posters of two movies in which he appeared — “Sun Valley Serenade” and “Orchestra Wives” — and “The Glenn Miller Story,” which starred James Stewart. Clips from the movies will also be shown.

At the exhibition site, lectures and performances related to Miller will also be held:

* A slide show with a lecture by Alan Cass, head of the Glenn Miller Archives at the University of Colorado (Dec. 21, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.)

* A dancing lesson to Miller’s music (Dec. 22, 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.)

* A performance by Little Cherries Tamae (elementary school children from Kagoshima) (Dec. 23, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.)

* A playing of original Miller SP (78 rpm) records on a gramophone, with a lecture by jazz critic Masahisa Segawa (Dec. 24, 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.)

* A performance by the Time Five male chorus (Dec. 25, 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.) and by the Three Graces female chorus (Dec. 25, 3 p.m.)

* A dance party with the Swing Times big band (Dec. 26, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.)

“The Exhibition of Glenn Miller”: Dec. 21-26, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. (till 6 p.m. on the last day), 7th-floor gallery, Mitsukoshi department store in Nihonbashi close to Mitsukoshi-mae Station, on the Ginza subway line.

Admission is 500 yen; free for elementary school students and younger children.

In line with COVID-19 guidelines, the government is strongly requesting that residents and visitors exercise caution if they choose to visit bars, restaurants, music venues and other public spaces.

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