MAILED: May 1, 1998|
EAU CLAIRE -- The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire music and theatre arts department will present a Jazz I Concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 7, in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center.The ensemble is under the direction of Robert Baca.
Jazz Ensemble I recently received the Down Beat award for "Best College Jazz Ensemble" in the country. This is the second time in three years UW-Eau Claire has received this prestigious award, Baca said.
Jazz I will present "Limehouse Blues" by Matt Harris, an up-tempo be-bop selection that should have audience members at the edge of their seats, Baca said. Next will be "Serenity" by Joe Henderson.
"Timeless Vision" will follow by Dennis Luginbill, who lives in Eau Claire. Luginbill was a trumpet student involved with the Eau Claire jazz program four years ago, Baca said.
"In the Still of the Night" by Frank Sinatra and "All Blues" by Vince Miles Davis will be performed before a brief intermission featuring one of 21 UW-Eau Claire Jazz Combos.
After a short intermission, the program will continue with "Um Tipo Curtido" by Michael Nelson. This selection is unusual in that the rhythm section is missing and the song is composed of all horns, Baca said.
At this time, a baritone saxophone will be donated in Dick Kuby's memory for the performance of "Lush Life" by Duke Ellington. Baca said the new saxophone allows soloist Bill Olson to express this selection to an even greater depth.
Following "Queens Suite" by Duke Ellington, the concert will close with "High Altotude."
"The variety is so wide that I hope the audience will find a piece of emotion for every selection," Baca said. "There is something for everyone at this concert."
Tickets for the concert are $4.75 for the general public; $3.75 for senior citizens, children under 18 or faculty and staff; or $1.25 for students with a University ID. Tickets may be purchased at the University Service Center, (715) 836-3727.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: April 30, 1998