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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Nov. 15, 2013

Northwest jazz ensembles to perform concerts Nov. 21, Nov. 23

The sounds of jazz will fill Northwest Missouri State University’s Charles Johnson Theater next week during two concerts featuring the region’s top jazz musicians.

The Northwest Brass Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Kendall Prinz, assistant professor of music, and the Northwest Studio Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Graduate Assistant Bryan Duddy and Dr. William S. Richardson, associate professor of music, will perform a joint concert at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, in the Charles Johnson Theater at the Olive DeLuce Fine Arts Building.

The Brass Ensemble’s program will include “Sonate Octavi Toni” by Giovanni Gabrieli, “A Hero’s Destiny” by Brian Balmages and “Chorale for Brass and Percussion” by Vaclav Nelhybel. The Studio Jazz Ensemble will perform the “Moten Swing” made famous by the Count Basie Orchestra, “Almost Like Being in Love” and “Breakout” by Ralph Gingery, among other musical pieces.

Additionally, the Northwest Jazz Ensemble will perform with the Northwest All-District High School Jazz Ensemble at 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, in the Charles Johnson Theater. The students will rehearse throughout Saturday in preparation for the concert.

“We always look forward to hosting meaningful artistic experiences for high school students, and I am especially pleased to serve as the guest clinician for this year’s group,” Richardson said.

Both concerts are free and open to the public.

While the Jazz Ensemble is Northwest's premiere, audition-based jazz ensemble, both ensembles perform music representing a variety of styles. The ensembles perform several concerts on campus annually, and the Jazz Ensemble regularly tours the four-state region.

For more information about these and other musical ensembles at Northwest, visit

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468