Randy Sabien, jazz violinist, is guest artist with Fairfield University's Jazz Ensemble


Image: Randy SabienJazz violinist Randy Sabien will be the guest artist at the Fairfield University Jazz Ensemble's concert on Tuesday, Nov. 28, for two shows at 7:30 and 9 p.m. in the university's Lawrence Wien Experimental Theatre in the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. Sabien will join conductor Brian Torff in several selections composed by the two musicians.

On the program are "Stretch's Voodoo," a tribute to the legendary record producer, Lee Perry; "Firefly," "Blues Dans Le Ascenseur," and "Muddy Waters in Westmont," all composed by Torff; and "Minor Thing," and "Just Chillin'," composed by Sabien. The ensemble will also perform a new composition by Eric Donnelly, jazz ensemble guitarist, Class of 2001.

In addition to the concert, Sabien will conduct a jazz workshop for students at Fairfield University and participate in a mini-residency in the Fairfield Public School system as part of its Artist in Residence program. He will conduct jazz improvisation workshops for middle and high school string players, the Fifth Grade Orchestra as well as string teachers in the Fairfield Public schools.

On Wednesday, Nov. 29, at 8 p.m., Sabien will perform in concert at Fairfield High School and will be the featured soloist with the Freshman Orchestra, conducted by Dorothy Straub, music director for the Fairfield Public Schools, and will solo with the FHS Jazz Ensemble, directed by Michael Breaux.

Brian Torff, music program director at Fairfield University, said, "This is a great opportunity for both the university Jazz Ensemble and the Fairfield public school string program to receive valuable workshops on improvisation with a master jazz violinist."

Tickets for the Fairfield University Jazz Ensemble concerts are $10 and $5 for students with valid identification. For more information call the box office at (203) 254-4010 or toll free at 1-877-ARTS-396.

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Media Contact: Nancy Habetz, (203) 254-4000, ext. 2647, nhabetz@fairfield.edu

Posted on November 7, 2000

Vol. 33, No. 77