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Jazz Ensemble I concert to feature vocalist Connie Evingson

RELEASED: Nov. 22, 2010

Connie Evingson
Connie Evingson

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's award-winning Jazz Ensemble I, under the direction of Robert Baca, professor of music, will perform its fall concert at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3 in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center. The concert will feature famed jazz vocalist Connie Evingson.

In addition to a variety of jazz compositions featuring solos by members of Jazz Ensemble I, concert highlights will include a presentation of "Glib" by Chuck Owen, "Not a Whisper" based on Benny Golson's "Whisper Not" and an original composition by senior Aaron Hedenstrom, St. Paul, Minn., titled "Blowin' Off Steam."

The second half of the concert will feature students' big band arrangements of songs from Evingson's album, "The Secret of Christmas," with Evingson on vocals. The group will begin with "Snowfall/I Love the Winter Weather," "Carol of the Bells," "Simple Gifts" and "Nutcracker Petite Suite." The performance also will feature "Gesu Bambino" and the classic "Silent Night."

Evingson appears in theaters, concert halls and nightclubs around the world. She has been a featured guest artist with numerous groups, including the Minnesota Orchestra, conducted by Doc Severinsen; the Toronto Symphony; and Vocalessence. She also has appeared on Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion" and with the JazzMN Big Band. Evingson appears regularly at the nationally renowned Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis, and is the featured artist on the "Jazz at the Jungle" concert series at the Jungle Theater, also in Minneapolis. Her eight CDs have all charted in the Top 50 in the United States and Canada and can be heard on radio stations worldwide. In 2005, the JazzWeek radio programmers group nominated Evingson for the Vocalist of the Year award, along with artists Tierney Sutton, Madeline Peyroux, Stacey Kent and Curt Stigers. She also is a two-time recipient of the McKnight Fellowship for Performing Musicians.

Tickets, available at the University Service Center, 715-836-3727 or
800-949-UWEC, are $6 for the general public; $4 for those 62 and older, 17 and younger and faculty and staff with a university ID; and $1.50 for students with a university ID.

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