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Monday, November 1, 2010

Australia's Central Queensland U's Jazz Ensemble @ SUU (CC: Nov 1)

WHAT: The international music scene comes to southern Utah, when Australia’s Central Queensland University’s Jazz Ensemble appears in a free concert at SUU. The CQUniversity Jazz Ensemble’s program includes two numbers from the Broadway musical Chicago, an original composition by the Ensemble’s music director, Dr. Derrin Kerr, and other popular works.

WHO: Southern Utah University, College of Performing and Visual Arts, Music Department

WHEN: Monday, November 1, 2010

TIME: 7:30pm

WHERE: Randall L. Jones Theatre, Southern Utah University, Cedar City, UT

TICKETS: Phone: Arts Hotline: (435) 865-8800 or visit: www.suu.edu/arts

PRICES: Free and the General Public is encouraged to attend.


Southern Utah University, Cedar City, Utah: The international music scene swings into Cedar City when Australia’s Central Queensland University’s (CQUniversity) Jazz Ensemble performs in a free concert at SUU, Monday, November 1, 2010. This scintillating evening takes place at the Randall L. Jones Theatre on the campus of Southern Utah University, and begins at 7:30pm. The concert is free and open to the public. The Jazz Ensemble’s appearance is made possible through the efforts of Kurt Harris, Interim Director of SUU’s Global Engagement Center, and Dr. Keith Bradshaw, Chair, Music Department, SUU’s College of Performing and Visual Arts.

Under the direction of Dr. Derrin Kerr, the CQUniversity Jazz Ensemble will perform a sizzling program guaranteed to please all music fans. “Roxie” and “When You’re Good to Mama,” two selections from the popular Broadway smash hit musical and Oscar-winning film Chicago with music by John Kander, are among the concert’s highlights. “Eveddie Madness,” an original composition by Derrin Kerr, is also on the bill. Other highlights include Kristin Berardi’s “Life Rite” and “The Last Time,” Vince Jones’ “Big City” and “Stricken by a Storm,” and Guy Sebastian’s “I Like It Like That.”

Dr. Derrin Kerr is Program Coordinator of the Bachelor of Music program at CQUniversity. He holds a Doctor of Education (CQUniversity), Masters of Music (Michigan State University) and a Bachelor of Music (Queensland Conservatorium of Music). Kerr has wide experience in contemporary music education and is a co-founder of the internationally recognized Hamilton Island Music Project. As an active performer, director of the CQUniversity Jazz Orchestra and co-producer of the highly acclaimed jazz tours, Derrin has been instrumental in the development of the extensive footprint of the CQUniversity jazz music program.

During their stay in Cedar City, the members of Central Queensland University’s Jazz Ensemble will have the opportunity to improvise with SUU’s Jazz Band, under the direction of Dr. Thomas Herb, on Tuesday, November 2. This improvisation session will be held in South Hall’s Rehearsal Room, 4:30pm to 6pm. Chairs will be set up and the public is invited to attend and experience this unique international jazz collaboration.

Become a part of the international jazz scene when the CQUniversity Jazz Ensemble performs at Southern Utah University. For more information on the SUU College of Performing and Visual Arts events, please call the Arts Hotline at (435) 865-8800, or visit www.suu.edu/arts.

The Southern Utah University College of Performing and Visual Arts is comprised of nationally accredited departments of Art and Design, Music, Theatre Arts and Dance, as well as a graduate program in Arts Administration. The College offers 16 different degree areas, including liberal arts Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees; professional Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Fine Arts in art and theatre degrees; and a Master of Fine Arts in Arts Administration degree. More than 60 full- and part-time faculty and staff are engaged in teaching and mentoring over 550 majors in the College. Over 1100 students enroll each year in over 195 arts classes on the SUU campus. The College presents 100 performances, lectures, presentations, and exhibitions each year. The College’s affiliate organizations include the Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery, American Folk Ballet, Utah Shakespearean Festival, the performance group Acclamation, and the SUU Ballroom Dance Company. For more information about the College of Performing and Visual Arts, contact the Office of the Dean (435) 865-8561, or by e-mail at cpvamktg@suu.edu.

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