Fairfield University Jazz Ensemble and Orchestra to Present Two Nights of Musical Performances

Fairfield University Jazz Ensemble and Orchestra to Present Two Nights of Musical Performances

Highly anticipated collaborations to kick off the holiday season, and include guest performances by world-renowned artists.

Fairfield University students and community members will present two nights of spectacular musical performances this November.

FAIRFIELD, Conn. (November 16, 2015) — On November 19, 2015, the Fairfield University Jazz Ensemble will be performing their annual show in Gonzaga Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. The Fairfield University Symphony Orchestra will present “A Winter Awakening” on November 30 at 7:30 p.m. at the Quick Center for the Arts.

Tickets for the Fairfield University Jazz Ensemble are $5 at the door. Tickets to the Fairfield University Orchestra, “A Winter Awakening,” are free. Please visit the Quick Center for the Arts or call (203) 254-4010 for more information.

The Jazz Ensemble will present a vibrant and versatile night of music. Under the direction of John Fumasoli, with special guest percussionist David Silliman, some of their selections will include “Work Song,” by Cannonball Adderly, and “Little Sunflower” by Freddie Hubbard, as well as arrangements by Fumasoli and other Ensemble members.

“The upcoming Jazz Ensemble concert featuring guest artist David Sulliman is highly anticipated,” said John Fumasoli, Director of Jazz Ensemble and the Music Program Director at Fairfield University. “Highlights of our show include student compositions and arrangements, improvisation by all and a wide variety of song selections.”

David Silliman, experienced drummer and percussionist, will accompany the band as their special guest artist. Silliman’s talents have taken him all over the world, from performances with Aretha Franklin in New York to concerts and festivals in Europe and South America. [Festivals in the North Sea? Poorly attended I bet]. His style, a unique combination of jazz, Latin jazz, Brazilian and funk music has created exciting rhythmic energies, which, after twenty years of international performance, add color and mood to any performance.

Then, welcoming the winter season, the Fairfield University Orchestra has prepared a variety of classical pieces along with seasonal tunes, composed by Leroy Anderson, Franz Schubert, and Edward Greig. There will also be select chamber music pieces played by various members of the orchestra. The orchestra is comprised of Fairfield students, as well as members from the surrounding community.

"’A Winter Awakening’ is going to be a spectacular performance,” says Marianne Rose Weber, the student manager of the Fairfield University Symphony Orchestra. “Students and community members that make up the orchestra have been working very hard in rehearsals to make this performance one to remember, and we are looking forward to ringing in the winter season with a prepared selection of great classical and seasonal pieces.”


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Fairfield University is a Jesuit University, rooted in one of the world’s oldest intellectual and spiritual traditions. More than 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students from 36 states, 47 foreign countries, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico are enrolled in the University’s five schools. In the spirit of rigorous and sympathetic inquiry into all dimensions of human experience, Fairfield welcomes students from diverse backgrounds to share ideas and engage in open conversations. The University is located in the heart of a region where the future takes shape, on a stunning campus on the Connecticut coast just an hour from New York City.

Posted On: 11-17-2015 03:11 PM

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