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UW-Eau Claire Artists Series
To Open with New Orleans Jazz

 MAILED:  Aug. 12, 2003

EAU CLAIRE - The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, called "the best jazz band in the land," by the San Francisco Examiner, will open the Artists Series season at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire with a performance Thursday, Sept. 25, at 7:30 p.m. in Zorn Arena.

Providing a link between the present day and the heyday of traditional New Orleans music, Preservation Hall Jazz Band performs New Orleans jazz at its purest, playing Dixieland tunes, Southern spirituals and vintage pop songs. This group of the jazz industry's most elite musicians, ranging in age from 31 to 88, recently made appearances at Carnegie Hall, Boston's Symphony Hall, and Wolf Trap, where they were presented with the Wolf Trap Medal for Excellence in the Performing Arts. The group has been touring for more than 25 years.

According to bassist and manager Benjamin Jaffe, the audience can expect "a slice of New Orleans, a snapshot of what we do every day of our life in this city, the songs, the humidity and heat - and red beans and rice."

The concert is the first of eight Artists Series presentations this season. Details about other events on the series follow:

"The past few years of programming from the Artists Series has, in my mind, progressed from a collection of sometimes interesting individual events to a true season," says Dean Kallenbach, Wisconsin Public Radio's Eau Claire area regional manager. "The events that first spark my interest and attendance are so good; it makes me want to try the events that I might not otherwise have tried. When I do so, I'm rarely disappointed."

Season subscription information is available at the University Service Center, (715) 836-3727. A range of subscription packages is available, offering discounts of 10 to 20 percent. Tickets for individual Artists Series events are $15 for the public, $13 for those 62 and older and UW System or Chippewa Valley Technical College faculty and staff, and $5 for those 17 and younger and UW System or CVTC students.

Patrons may also charge their tickets to MasterCard or Visa when they order by phone. Call (715) 836-3727 - or, outside the immediate Eau Claire area, call toll-free (800) 949-UWEC. A $3 handling fee will be added to all telephone charge orders.

Funded by the students of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, the Artists Series is supported in part by grants from the Heartland Arts Fund and the National Endowment for the Arts Shakespeare in American Communities national theater touring initiative, with promotional support from Wisconsin Public Radio. Park Inn and Suites Eau Claire is the exclusive accommodations partner for the Artists Series. The program is administered by the Activities and Programs office.

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Updated: August 15, 2003