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CONTACT: Sarah Snyder
October 25, 2012 – College Park, MD – UMD School of Music saxophonist Chris Vadala and trumpeter Chris Gekker take a lively look at the evolution of jazz on November 18 at 3 p.m. at the Clarice Smith Center in Music in Mind: The Jazz Professors. In the first half of The Jazz Professors, Vadala and Gekker debut two new pieces– Larry Thomas Bell’s Serenade no. 3 op. 111 and David Heinick’s Served Two Ways. Both works spotlight the role jazz can play as it influences more traditional art music. They will also give Aaron Copland’s Quiet City its Washington, DC premiere.
The musical journey continues in the second half of the show, as the Jazz Professors perform works that showcase an ample sampling of jazz works throughout history. Highlights include Jelly Roll Morton’s Dead Man Blues and Thelonius Monk’s I Mean You.
Vadala and Gekker will be accompanied by Robert DiLutis (clarinet), Robert Gibson (bass), Jon Ozment (jazz piano), Rita Sloan (piano) and Andrew Hare (percussion). The program is conducted by Michael Votta.
Music in Mind
The Jazz Professors is part of the School of Music’s “Music in Mind” series, which aims to celebrate the role of music in our culture and our lives, explore sources of inspiration and points of intersection in musical traditions, and present music in a context that encourages reflection and discovery. Proceeds from Music in Mind concerts benefit The School of Music’s undergraduate scholarship fund.
The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center is supported by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive. An agency of the Department of Business & Economic Development, the MSAC provides financial support and technical assistance to nonprofit organizations, units of government, colleges and universities for arts activities. Funding for the Maryland State Arts Council is also provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Learn more about the Clarice Smith Center's donor support.