Second Annual Jazz Celebration At Metro State Set For April 10-12
An expected 1,500 jazz, choral and instrumental students from 65
middle and high schools across the state will join five major jazz
artists in descending upon the Auraria campus for the 2003 Jazz
Celebration at Metro State April 10-12.
Sponsored by Metro State, the celebration will focus on music education,
featuring guest artists who will share their expertise with students
and teachers through concerts, master classes, jazz history classes
and clinics. Five major artists will perform: Latin percussionist/composer
Victor Mendoza, trumpeter Bobby Shew, saxophonist Lee Konitz, vocalist
Sunny Wilkinson, and the West Point Jazz Knights Jazz Ensemble,
including 1977 Metro State music graduate Louis Pappas on string
bass. In addition to visiting artists, the Faculty Jazz Sextet will
perform on Thursday, April 10, during the opening concert.
World-renowned artist and Metro State graduate Malcolm Farley will
paint alongside each jazz performer. Instead of in-studio creations,
Farley prefers to create art in "live-event" fashion while
hundreds, even thousands, look on.
"Our goal is to help young people gain a better understanding
of our musical heritage and to nurture musical growth in the youth
of Colorado," says music Professor Walter Barr, coordinator
of the celebration. "This unique festival of jazz brings education,
the community, professional musicians and international artists
together to celebrate and learn more about America's classical music."
Sponsors of the events include the Mayor's Office of the Arts,
Culture and Film, the Musicians Performance Trust Fund, Dazzle jazz
club and Starbucks.
For more information about the celebration, go to: http://www.aurariajazzcelebration.com/.
Tickets may be purchased by calling 303-556-2296, or at http://www.kennethkingcenter.org/.