Tuesday, October 23, 2007

CJC World Premiere -Jazz Plays Art

The Swingin' at the Southern Series
Southern Theatre


The Columbus Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of Byron Stripling, once again shakes up the modern music scene with Jazz Plays Art, a world premiere multimedia concert event presented in the Swingin’ at the Southern series.

Featuring the art of Columbus native Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson and Kojo Kamau, this event presents a unique view of Columbus's rich cultural history. The works of both Ms. Robinson and Mr. Kamau draw deeply from the collective memories: oral narrations of the Central Ohio community, recollections of a segregated past, their rich familial histories and the echoes of the African Diaspora. Their art is passionate, emotional and inherently committed to Columbus.

The Jazz Arts Group has commissioned famed band leader John Clayton to compose a suite of ‘impressions’ of Ms. Robinson’s works. Aminah Robinson: The Symphonic Poet is a 13-movement epic composed specifically for the Columbus Jazz Orchestra. Invoking images and memories of childhood, the chains of slavery and the connections between parent and child, Aminah Robinson: The Symphonic Poet is mesmerizing – a multilayered marathon of creative outputs.

Jazz Plays Art will showcase Central Ohio's own Milt Ruffin Chorale and the stunning gospel vocalist Nia Allen.

The Columbus Museum of Art has collaborated with the Columbus Jazz Orchestra to provide all Jazz Plays Art ticketholders one free admission to the Columbus Museum of Art’s limited engagement of Along Water Street, a new collection of Ms. Robinson’s works. Patrons may present any Jazz Plays Art ticket stub for one admission. In a reciprocal offer, all Columbus Museum of Art members will receive a $10 discount on any Jazz Plays Art ticket with the presentation of a valid membership card. Contact the Columbus Jazz Orchestra box office at 614.294.5200 x3 for further details.

Single tickets for the October 24 - 28 concerts are available for purchase online at jazzartsgroup.org or from the Jazz Arts Group ticket office, (614.294.5200, x 3). Discounted Student Rush tickets (valid college ID required) and Be-Bop Balcony tickets (ages 6-18) are available at the door.

The event will be held Wednesday, October 24 to Sunday, October 28 at the Southern Theatre. Each performance will begin at 8 pm, except for Sunday when the matinee begins at 2 pm and is repeated at 7:30 pm.

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