Hickory – The Lenoir-Rhyne University Jazz Ensemble will present its annual fall concert on Sunday, November 13 at 3 p.m. in P.E. Monroe Auditorium. The concert is free and open to the public.
The concert will feature swing classics, Latin favorites, and even a funk tune. The works of prominent arrangers, including Sammy Nestico and Dave Wolpe will be performed. Nestico is a composer of big band music, and is best known for his arrangements for the Count Basie Orchestra. Wolpe is one of the jazz world’s most popular arrangers, known for creating wonderful new takes on many of jazz’s greatest and most popular standards.
Works from famous American composers, George Gershwin and Duke Ellington will also be performed. Gershwin’s compositions spanned both popular and classical genres, and his popular melodies are widely acclaimed. One of the most influential figures in jazz, Ellington is recognized among the twentieth century’s best known band leaders and composers. Musical features during the concert will include Gershwin’s “Fascinating Rhythm,” and the Basie band’s, “Shiny Stockings.” The wealth of talented members of the Ellington band is highlighted in works by the band’s trombonist, Juan Tizol, in “Moon Over Cuba,” his son Mercer’s, “Things Ain’t What They Used to Be,” and Ellington’s hit, “Harlem Airshaft.”
The Lenoir-Rhyne Jazz Ensemble is directed by Dr. Christopher Nigrelli, Professor of Music. Membership in the ensemble is drawn from current LRU students, alumni, and community members. This year the Jazz Ensemble welcomed a number of new students who are also members in the Spirit of LR marching band. For more information, visit lr.edu/publicevents or call 828.328.7147.