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 SRU Chamber Singers to Perform in Butler with Joe Negri of 'Mister Rogers' Fame 

 

SPOTLIGHT

April 3, 2006

Contact: Gordon Ovenshine: 724-738-4854; gordon.ovenshine@sru.edu

A KALEIDOSCOPE ARTS FESTIVAL EVENT --

SRU CHAMBER SINGERS TO PERFORM APRIL 22 IN BUTLER WITH JAZZ GUITARIST JOE NEGRI OF ‘MISTER ROGERS NEIGHBORHOOD’

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – The Slippery Rock University Chamber Singers and jazz guitarist Joe Negri, known to millions of children as Handyman Negri on PBS’s “Mister Rogers Neighborhood,” will collaborate for an April 22 concert of jazz standards at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Butler.

The concert, conducted by SRU’s Kevin Smith, associate professor of music, begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $5, available at the church, 230 East Jefferson St. The collaboration is part of SRU’s April 19-30 Kaleidoscope arts festival.

The first half of the concert will include jazz standards such as Duke Ellington compositions. After intermission, the groups will perform “Mass of Hope,” written by Negri. SRU students will solo.

 "Mass of Hope" originated 25 years ago as a simple folk mass for a small jazz group and a solo singer, according to Negri’s Web site.  Lorenzo Malfatti, the former head of the vocal department at Chatham College, encouraged Negri to expand the piece, transforming it into something more sophisticated.

Negri has recorded several CDs and written a guitar book on improvisation, and his new CD is called “Uptown Elegance.”

Concert proceeds will benefit music SRU music scholarships and Kaleidoscope.

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