Tarleton jazz bands to feature works by Maria Schneider, Fred Sturm

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STEPHENVILLE (February 11, 2015) — In their first concert of the year, the Tarleton State University Jazz Ensembles will feature the music of two composers, Maria Schneider and Fred Sturm.

Tarleton’s Jazz Ensembles I and II, under the direction of Greg Ball, will present “Dance, You Monster, To My Soft Song,” on Thursday, Feb. 19, at 7:30 p.m. in the Clyde H. Wells Fine Arts Center Auditorium. Tickets are $5 for general admission, or free with a valid Tarleton ID.

Schneider, the Grammy winning big band leader and composer who appeared at the Tarleton Jazz Festival in 2006, continues to write hauntingly beautiful jazz. The cornerstone of the concert will be her Three Romances.

“We played two of these when Maria visited a few years ago and we did the other some years later, but we never put them all on one concert,” said Ball. “I’m very excited to have the band to do it.” Special guest, Tarleton Instructor Dr. Heather Hawk, will join the band on the first movement.

The late Sturm, another influential composer, taught at the Eastman School of Music and The Lawrence University Conservatory of Music. He was responsible for the Radiohead Jazz Project that commissioned composers from around the U.S. to arrange tunes by the contemporary rock band.

Sturm was an important and prolific composer in his own right, and his tunes have become mainstays of big band jazz.

Ball invites the public to “come to the show to learn more and enjoy some great contemporary jazz.” As always, he added, “coffee and combos before the show!”

For a complete list of upcoming events presented by Tarleton’s Department of Fine Arts, visit www.tarleton.edu/finearts.

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