Orchestra Iowa’s jazz-focused week with Branford Marsalis

Posted on: March 2, 2017

In connection with its March 10 and 11 concerts with jazz musician Branford Marsalis, Orchestra Iowa will hold a weeklong Festival of Jazz Music and Artists beginning on March 3. Events will include a concert at Opus Concert Café in downtown Cedar Rapids with the Coe College Jazz Quartet. Two free concerts will be offered at the Paramount Theatre featuring student jazz bands from area high schools, and there will be a free panel discussion on the topic of “How does classical music intersect with diverse populations” at the African American Museum of Iowa. Panelists will include William LaRue Jones, director of orchestral studies at the University of Iowa; Jim Hirsch, CEO of the Chicago Sinfonietta; Damani Phillips, an assistant professor of music at the University of Iowa; Andrea Alert, a Corridor-area violist and music educator; and Timothy Hankewich, music director of Orchestra Iowa. Also planned are performances by student musicians at area grocery stores and a Q&A with Branford Marsalis. The March 10 and 11 concerts will feature Duke Ellington’s Three Black Kings, Sally Beamish’s Under the Wing of the Rock: Saxophone Concerto No. 2, John Williams’s Escapades, and Aaron Copland’s Symphony No. 3.

Posted March 2, 2017