Tarleton Jazz Band to give ‘thank you’ concert ahead of Italian tour


STEPHENVILLE (April 22, 2016) — Tarleton State University’s Jazz Ensembles, just weeks away from embarking on a tour of Italy, will provide a preview concert on the Stephenville campus to a “thank you” to the supporters who have made the trip possible.

Director of Jazz Bands and Assistant Professor Greg Ball welcomes the public to the 7:30 p.m. concert, Monday, April 25, inside the Clyde H. Wells Fine Arts Center Auditorium as the Tarleton Jazz Ensembles provide a sample of the repertoire planned for their 10-day Italian concert tour.

“The concert will feature some of our favorite tunes from the entire school year, plus some new numbers, including an Andrews Sisters’ tune featuring all three of the Tarleton vocalists traveling with us to Italy,” he said.

Admission to Monday evening’s concert is $5 or free with a valid Tarleton ID. Tickets will be available at the Fine Arts Center Box Office one hour prior to showtime; all seating is general admission.

“The students are very excited about the trip,” said Ball. “They have worked very hard this year preparing music, raising funds and getting ready for their international tour. We’re now just days away from sharing our love of jazz with the Italians.”

The band will perform at several venues in Italy as well as visit cultural and historic sites. Performance venues include Villa d’Este (Rome), Montalcino’s Fortress Gardens (a castle in southern Tuscany), Aula Magna dell’Universita per Stranieri (Perugia), Loggia del Porcellino (Florence), and Giardini Savelli (Cesena). Touring highlights include the Roman Colosseum and Forum, the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel, Saint Francis’ Basilica, the Accademia Gallery including Michelangelo’s David, and the Byzantine mosaics in Ravenna.

The Tarleton Jazz Band departs May 12 and returns May 22. Donations to help defray travel expenses for the students are welcome. To make a donation, email Ball at ball@tarleton.edu or call 254-968-9828.

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