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 SRU Jazz Ensemble blows into Bulter for free concert 




February 20, 2007

Contact: K.E. Schwab  -- 724-738-2199



SRU Jazz Ensemble blows into Butler for free concert


SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Slippery Rock University Jazz Ensemble will offer a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Butler Intermediate High School in preparation for its appearance at the 48th annual University of Notre Dame Collegiate Jazz Festival.

           Stephen Hawk, ensemble director, said the local concert will feature a number of selections planned for the festival and will give the group the chance to play in different acoustics and before a different audience than campus concerts. "This concert will give us a great chance to rehearse and enjoy an off-campus concert location. We expect a number of Butler high school music students will attend," he said.

           Selections will include Sammy Nestico's "Tall Cotton," originally written for the Count Basie Orchestra, "Sugar," arranged by Bob Florence, and "Smoke and Mirrors," written by Mike Tomaro.

           The ensemble, selected by audition, performed at the 1999 festival earning nine "Outstanding Soloist Awards."

           Last summer, the 19-member jazz group was one of only four collegiate jazz ensembles, and the first from Pennsylvania, selected to perform at the prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival in Montreux, Switzerland, and the North Sea Jazz Festival in The Netherlands. While on its 12-day tour, the group also performed in Paris and Heidelberg, Germany.

           The European trip also resulted in production of the ensemble's fourth CD "Crossing Borders," released Oct. 11 and now heard as part of SRU's music-on-hold system. The CD is available at regional record stores and the SRU SGA Bookstore in the University Union.

           Other ensembles competing this year in Chicago include those from the University of Notre Dame, University of Illinois, Roosevelt University Chicago College of Performing Arts, Capital University, Western Michigan University, Indiana University, Southern Illinois University, Shenandoah Conservatory and Columbia College.


Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.


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