UTC Jazz Band Concert Is April 9

  • Monday, March 23, 2009

The UTC Music Department will present the UTC Jazz Band under direction of Dr. Erika Schafer in concert on Thursday, April 9, at 7:30 p.m. in the Roland Hayes Concert Hall, UTC Fine Arts Center (corner of Vine and Palmetto Streets).

The concert is free and open to the general public.

This concert will feature the music of Charles Mingus, a bassist and composer prominent in the 1950’s, known for exploring and pushing the boundaries of jazz at the time. He explored the styles of hard bop, gospel, free jazz, straight-ahead jazz, and Latin in his music.

Furthermore, he was outspoken as an activist for racial equality.

The concert will also feature the music of Duke Ellington. Dizzy Gillespie once called Mingus a “young Duke” because of his similarities with Ellington. Both had a fierce compositional and recording pace. Both used variations in timbre and tonality as compositional techniques. And both composed music that was tailored to the characteristics of the musicians in their respective groups. Ellington is seen by many as the greatest American composer.

Dr. Erika Schafer is UTC’s newly appointed assistant director of Bands and Trumpet Instructor. Prior to her position at UTC, she was a member of the United States Navy Band in Washington, D.C. where she was a featured soloist and also performed with several chamber ensembles including the Brass Quartet and the Joint Services Brass Quintet. Furthermore, she was an active performer in other groups in the D.C. area including the McLean Symphony Orchestra and the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra among others. Dr. Schafer has previously taught at George Mason University and Catholic University, and she was the brass instructor at South County Secondary School and Edison High School, both in Virginia.

For further information contact the UTC Music Department Office at 4425-4601.

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