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Jazz performer Carolyn Wilkins to present concert March 17

Leading jazz musician Carolyn Wilkins is on stage March 17.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office news release [3/10/2011]

Carolyn WilkinsJazz pianist, vocalist, composer and author Carolyn Wilkins will perform Thursday, March 17, at 7:30 p.m. in the Elias J. Halling Recital Hall of the Performing Arts Center on the Minnesota State University, Mankato campus.

Considered one of today’s leading performers and writers on the national jazz scene, Wilkins will bring a diverse show to the Minnesota State Mankato stage with influences from the likes of Nina Simone, Ella Fitzgerald, Lena Horne, and Sarah Vaughn.

A professor of ensembles at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Wilkins teaches in the Ensemble Department helping small bands of students play music ranging from pop to R&B and jazz. She also teaches ear training and basic keyboard techniques, and following her performance she will remain on campus to conduct a master class on Friday, March 18, with the vocal jazz groups in preparation for their spring concerts and festivals.

"I love the interaction with positive young people who are excited about learning music," Wilkins said. "And having the opportunity to work with her has generated enthusiasm from the students as well."

"It will be really interesting to see what she has to say and learn from a different perspective. Because of her performance background, I think she will bring some new ideas to our groups that we haven't even thought to explore yet," noted senior vocalist Sammi Johnson.

A graduate of Oberlin Conservatory and the Eastman School of Music, Wilkins has written two books and has released four critically acclaimed CDs. Her performance experience includes radio and television appearances with her group SpiritJazz and performances as a percussionist with the Pittsburgh Symphony under Andre Previn. Wilkins has also been featured four
times as a part of Boston's annual First Night Celebration.

Admission to the concert is $12 ($11 for students with a valid MavCard). Discount
tickets also are available online for University students, and advance purchase is strongly encouraged. Those who wish to purchase tickets online should go to For more information, call the Performance Series office, (507) 389-5549.

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