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UVU Hosts Jazz-Filled Festival Of Fools Concert April Fool’s Day

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March 20, 2014

For Immediate Release

University Marketing & Communications: Melinda Colton

Written by: Heather Wrigley

Utah Valley University’s Department of Music is proud to be the home of two jazz ensembles, both of which will be entertaining at “A Festival of Fools” in the Ragan Theater on April Fool’s Day, April 1, at 7:30 p.m.

“This is going to be a very fun concert,” said UVU Director of Bands David Fullmer. “There will be a running theme of foolishness the entire concert, so concert-goers should brace themselves for all sorts of surprises and silliness.”

Jazz Ensemble I and Jazz Ensemble II will come together in the concert, which will also feature a performance by the brand-new UVU Traditional Jazz Ensemble, also known as Dixieland Jazz.

“The Traditional Jazz Ensemble refers to the birthplace of jazz down in New Orleans,” Fullmer explained. “The instrumentation is a little different — for instance a tuba instead of a bass, a clarinet instead of a saxophone, and a banjo, as well — and the sound is a little different. It’s very upbeat, very lively and a lot of fun.”

In addition to featuring student soloists, the concert will include a performance by special guest artist Anne Drummond, a jazz flutist, pianist and composer.

“A Festival of Fools” will also present the world premier of “Jazz Suite,” a new piece composed by Marden Pond, adjunct music instructor at UVU and composer and producer at Covenant Communications, Inc. Pond wrote the suite specifically for Jay Lawrence, percussion adjunct faculty member at UVU, to perform. Lawrence will perform the  first movement of the suite on Latin percussion.

Tickets are available at uvu.edu/arts or by calling 801-863-7529 (PLAY).

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