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Nov. 25: University Jazz Bands

Concert to take place at Halling Recital Hall.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of Music News Release, 11-13-2014

Mankato, Minn. – The Department of Music will host a performance of the University Jazz Bands Tuesday, Nov. 25 at 7:30 p.m. in Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for the Performing Arts. The entire concert is dedicated to the late Fred Sturm, an internationally noted jazz composer, arranger, and teacher, who passed away in August 2014. Fred Sturm taught at Eastman School of Music from 1991 to 2002, and was the Kimberly-Clark Professor of Music and director of jazz and improvisational music at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wis.

At Eastman, Sturm chaired the Jazz Studies and Contemporary Media Department, directed the Jazz Ensemble and Studio Orchestra, and coordinated the jazz composition/arranging and film scoring program. Under his direction, the Eastman Jazz Ensemble received four DownBeat awards.

The Jazz Lab Band, conducted by graduate student Erik Root, will perform "A Celtic Aire," based on a traditional Irish theme, the funk infused chart "Aim High, Nzembo Na Mvula Zamba (Song of the Rainforest)," a composition based on a traditional chant of the Bambuti tribe from the Ituri rainforest, and the killer swing arrangement, "Follow the Leader."

The Jazz Mavericks, conducted by Dr. Douglas Snapp, Director of Jazz Studies, will perform Sturm’s "Kind of Bluegrass", inspired by the 1959 Miles Davis album "Kind of Blue". Guitarist Andrew Bizek will be the featured soloist on the quasi rock/fusion chart "Michaelangelo." Sturm’s arrangement of Ann Ronell’s 1932 classic "Willow Weep for Me" features alto saxophone student, Ritchel Lawson, as soloist.

Concert admission is $9 for community members, $7 for students with a valid MavCARD. Discount tickets are available online for University students. 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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