Jazz Festival planned for April 3-4

March 26, 2009

University Park, Pa. -- The annual Penn State Jazz Festival will be held this year April 3-4 in Esber Recital Hall on the University Park campus. This year's adjudicators are pianist Cyrus Chestnut; saxophonist Tim Warfield; and bassist Tom Baldwin.

Friday's events include master classes and an open Centre Dimensions rehearsal, followed by an All-Star Combo concert featuring Penn State faculty and community members.

Saturday will feature a full day of adjudicated performances by area high school jazz bands from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The adjudication will be followed by a performance by Penn State Outer Dimensions, and a guest clinician master class.

Awards will be presented at 7 p.m. for outstanding individual solo performances and section playing. All groups are recognized with good, excellent, or superior ratings for their participation in the festival.

Following the awards ceremony, Penn State Inner Dimensions will open the evening concert, followed by Centre Dimensions, Penn State's top jazz ensemble, with special guest performances by Chestnut, Warfield and Baldwin. Admission to the Saturday evening concert is $4.99 for adults, $2 for non-University Park students. Admission is free for all University Park students and festival performers.

For more information, view the calendar listing here, or contact Alex Heppelmann, Jazz Festival director, at ajh5214@psu.edu.

  • Tom Baldwin, left, offered his comments to State College Area High School Jazz Band II Director John Kovalchik, right, and members of the band during the 2008 Penn State Jazz Festival. Baldwin returns as an adjudicator for this year's festival.

    IMAGE: Annemarie Mountz

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