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IUP Jazz Ensembles in Concert with Chris Vadala

Chris VadalaThe Department of Music will present the IUP Jazz Ensemble and the IUP Jazz Band, under the direction of Keith Young and Nathan Santos, in a concert on Saturday, April 10, 2010. The program will start at 7:30 p.m. in Fisher Auditorium, IUP Performing Arts Center. Guest saxophone soloist for the concert will be Chris Vadala.

The concert will feature contemporary and classic jazz selections, including “In a Sentimental Mood” and “Night in Tunisia” as well as an original work by Santos titled “Kristen.”

Vadala is one of the country’s foremost woodwind artists. He has appeared on more than one hundred recordings as well as innumerable film, television, and commercial scores performing on saxophone, flute, and clarinet. A native of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., he graduated from the Eastman School of Music, earning the honor of the Performer’s Certificate in saxophone as well as a B.M. in music education. He received an M.A. in clarinet from Connecticut College and pursued postgraduate study in woodwinds at Eastman.

Vadala’s performing career has been highlighted by a long tenure as standout woodwind artist with the internationally recognized Chuck Mangione Quartet. During his time with the quartet, gigs included performances in all fifty states, Canada, Australia, Japan, Philippines, China, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Bermuda, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Dominican Republic, England, Italy, France, Germany, Austria, Netherlands, Poland, Belgium, and Switzerland. With Mangione, it also included performing credits on five gold and two platinum albums, two Grammies, one Emmy, one Georgie (AGVA), and one Golden Globe.

Vadala, director of jazz studies and a saxophone professor, is a Distinguished Scholar-Teacher at the University of Maryland.

Tickets for the concert are available at the Hadley Union Building ticket office on the IUP campus. They are also available with a credit card by calling the HUB ticket office at 724-357-1313. Tickets remaining can be purchased at the door for $9, regular admission; $8, senior citizens and groups of fifteen or more; and $6 for students and children.

For more information, call The Lively Arts at 724-357-2547 or or e-mail lively-arts@iup.edu.

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