Mill Valley Philharmonic is diving in 2019 with a little something different, hosting a ‘Retro Dance Party’ fundraiser featuring tunes from the 1970s and 80s spun by DJ DanniBoi and an evening of revelry in support of the organization’s concerts of free symphonic music.

The event, set for Saturday, February 23, 7-10pm, at the Tam Valley Community Center, is “a post-Valentine’s Day party designed for those who love the music of the 1970s and 1980s and want a safe, comfortable place to get their groove on in Marin, according to organizers. While the event is particularly envisioned for party-ers 40-plus whose time of going out to clubs has passed, anyone eager to spend the evening boogying to great dance music is welcome.”

Organizers of the 21+ event are encouraging attendees to come in their favorite dance clothes and prepare to dance the night away – retro costumes encouraged.

Mill Valley Philharmonic is in the midst of its 2018-19 season – its first season without founder and artistic director Laurie Cohen – and new MV Philharmonic executive director Richard Aldag has lined up three prominent guest conductors, all of whom are candidates to become artistic director and join Aldag, the former executive director at the Napa Valley Symphony, the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra and Lincoln Theater Napa Valley, in filling part of Cohen’s role. 

Paul Phillips, the director of orchestral studies and associate professor of music at Stanford University, began the series in November 2018, and Dana Sadava, the artistic director of Pasadena Opera, among myriad other roles, continues it in March, followed by Alexander Kahn, associate professor of music and director of orchestral activities at Sonoma State University, where he directs the Sonoma State Symphony Orchestra, in May.

​Based on input from the musicians and audience members, MVP will then select one of them as its next permanent artistic director/conductor.

The mission of MVP is “to enrich the cultural life of the Bay Area by offering free orchestral programs to people of all ages and means in their own communities,” according to the organization’s website. “As an organization, MVP believes that music is a vital part of individual and community life. Whether participating as a player or as a listener, music engages our imaginative powers, awakens our aesthetic sensibilities, and inspires our creative expression.”

The 411: Mill Valley Philharmonic hosts a ‘Retro Dance Party’ fundraiser at the Tam Valley Community Center, 203 Marin Ave., on Saturday, February 23, 7-10pm. Tix $20. Questions? info@millvalleyphilharmonic.org or 415-383-0930. MORE INFO & TIX.

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