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Feb. 27, 2014
By Rachel Sielaff, media relations assistant
The soothing tones of jazz music will envelop Northwest Missouri State University Friday, March 7, and Saturday, March 8.
The Northwest Office of Campus Activities’ next Encore series performance will be musical group New Jazz Order. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts.
Tickets for the show may be purchased at the Student Services Center on the first floor of the Administration Building between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday or online. Ticket prices are $25 for adult orchestra seats, $23 for adult balcony seats, $15 for child orchestra seats or $13 for child balcony seats. Tickets for Northwest students are free.
“We like to offer diverse performances,” said Angel McAdams Prescott, director of campus activities. “We decided on New Jazz Order after receiving a recommendation for the group from (Northwest Associate Professor of Music) Dr. William Richardson. We saw it as a great opportunity to connect with an academic partner for an event. It’s also been a long time since we’ve had a full-length jazz concert.”
New Jazz Order was formed in the fall of 2007 to showcase the playing and writing of musicians in the Kansas City jazz scene while staying true to the spirit and energy of historic bands from the city’s history. Since then, the group has become the backbone of one of the hottest jazz scenes in the world.
In addition to its Encore performance, New Jazz Order will perform at noon, Saturday, March 8, in the Ron Houston Center, in conjunction with the annual Northwest Jazz Festival. The jazz festival, which is free and open to the public, features jazz ensembles and combos from participating high schools and middle schools, beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday.
“High school and middle school music teachers like to bring their groups to our festival for the experience of performing in front of judges and then receiving valuable feedback,” said Richardson, who also conducts jazz ensembles at Northwest. “Northwest students get the opportunity to see how the festival is operated, and they see and interact with professional-level musicians.”
The jazz festival awards concert will be at 5 p.m. Saturday in the Charles Johnson Theater. The concert will feature the Northwest Jazz Ensemble with guest performances by the competition’s judges.
Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
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