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UNI music fraternity presents jazz concerts and Tallcorn Jazz Festival

February 6, 2003

Nathan Dishman, Tallcorn Jazz Festival program chairman, (319) 222-5667
Gwenne Culpepper, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa --The 52nd annual 'Sinfonian Dimensions in Jazz' concerts and the related Tallcorn Jazz Festival will take place Friday and Saturday, Feb. 14-15, on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

The 'Sinfonian Dimensions' concerts will take place at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 14 and 15 in the Great Hall of the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC). Featured will be UNI's Jazz Band One, under the direction of Chris Merz, assistant professor of music. A concert, featuring Jazz Band Two, under the direction of Robert Washut, professor of music, will precede the concert.

Guest soloist performing with Jazz Band One will be trombonist Ray Anderson of New York City. Named 'best trombonist' in Downbeat Magazine's critic's poll for five consecutive years, Anderson will host two clinics during each day of the festival at noon in Room 60 of Russell Hall. The clinics are free and open to the public.

Hosted by UNI's Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia music fraternity, the 48th annual Tallcorn Jazz Festival will draw approximately 1,300 high school students to the UNI campus for jazz performance competitions. An awards ceremony will follow the competitions in the GBPAC. The first-place band in each class can qualify for a possible wild card spot in the Iowa Jazz Championship.

Tallcorn Festival committee members are Nathan Dishman of Charles City, program chairman; and Kyle Novak of Cedar Rapids, festival coordinator.

'Sinfonian Dimensions in Jazz' tickets are $5 and may be purchased by calling (319) 273-SHOW (7469), or at the door.