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Students Perform Light Jazz Concert at The Art Gallery

March 7, 2007

A special concert of light jazz music, featuring Claude Bolling’s “Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano,” will be presented in The Art Gallery, Paul Creative Arts Center, Wednesday, March 7, at noon.

The concert, led by the department of music’s Peggy Vagts and Arlene Kies is offered as part of The Art Gallery’s weekly series of ArtBreak programs. It is free and open to the public.

The “Suite for Flute and Piano,” a seven-movement piece for flute, piano, drum, and string bass, will be performed by students, includeing flutists Jessica Breen, Nicole Cummings, Caitlin Meyer, Mandy Moussa, Chris Nagle, and Karen Smith; as well as pianists Yvonne Aubert, Sean Giardino, Melanie Graham, Fiona He, Doug Holzapfel, Valerie Peters, and Laura Truman. They will be accompanied by Mike D’Errico on drums, and Chris Noyes on bass. The seven movements to be performed include “Baroque and Blue,” “Sentimentale,” “Javanaise,” “Fugace,” “Irlandaise,” “Versatile,” and “Veloce.”

French jazz artist Claude Bolling (b.1930) is well known for his collaborations and recordings with Jean-Pierre Rampal, Maurice André, Pinchas Zukerman, and YoYo Ma. His popularity increased in the United States following the release of “Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano Trio” in 1976, the premier recording of which placed on Billboard’s classical charts for over 530 weeks. Much of Bolling’s inspiration came from composer, pianist, and band leader Duke Ellington, to whom he released a tribute in 1986. His noteworthy contributions to international jazz have earned him prestigious recognitions as a French jazz master and leader of swing big bands.

ArtBreak programs are offered in conjunction with The Art Gallery’s exhibitions. On view through April 7 are “The Disasters of War by Goya: Selections from the Georgia Museum of Art” and the New Hampshire Art Association 59th Annual Exhibition. Exhibitions and programs are open to the public, free of charge, during the academic year: Monday-Wednesday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday, 1-5 p.m. The Art Gallery is closed Fridays, university holidays, and March 9-18.

Exhibitions and programs are supported in part by the Friends of The Art Gallery. Guided group tours for schools and other organizations are available with advance reservation by contacting Catherine A. Mazur, education and publicity coordinator, at 603-862-3713 or catherine.mazur@unh.edu. For more information on the exhibitions and programs, contact The Art Gallery at 603-862-3712, art.gallery@unh.edu, or visit www.unh.edu/art-gallery.

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