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The legendary Count Basie Orchestra will perform at Northwest at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 24. (Submitted photo)

The legendary Count Basie Orchestra will perform at Northwest at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 24. (Submitted photo)

Feb. 16, 2017

Count Basie Orchestra to perform at Northwest Feb. 24

Northwest Missouri State University will welcome the Count Basie Orchestra at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 24, in the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts as part of its Encore performance series.

Tickets are free for Northwest students, and discounted tickets are available to Northwest employees for $27. Tickets are available to the public at costs of $32 for adults and $15 for children 12 and under.

Tickets may be purchased between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday in the cashiering office on the first floor of the Administration Building, by calling 660.562.1212 or online at

Pianist and bandleader William James “Count” Basie was and still is an American institution who personifies the grandeur and excellence of jazz. In the history of jazz music, he is the only bandleader who has the distinction of having his orchestra still performing sold-out concerts throughout the world, with members personally chosen by him, more than 30 years after his passing.

The Count Basie Orchestra, directed today by internationally acclaimed jazz trumpeter Scott Barnhart, has won every respected jazz poll in the world at least once and 18 Grammy Awards. It has performed for kings, queens and other world royalty, and appeared in movies, television shows, and at every major jazz festival and major concert hall in the world.

This 18-member orchestra is continuing the legacy established by Basie of stomping and shouting the blues as well as refining those musical particulars that allow for the deepest and most moving of swing.

Northwest’s Encore performance series is presented in collaboration with the Department of Fine and Performing Arts, the Office of Student Involvement and the Student Activities Council. Northwest sponsors the Encore performance series in partnership with the Missouri Humanities Council and with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The 2016-2017 series continues Saturday, March 11, with a performance by a cappella group Filharmonic at 7 p.m. at the Ron Houston Center.

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