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Jazz Band and Flock of Flutes spring concert

May 30, 2013 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm


On May 30 at 7:30 p.m. for their spring concert at the Shadelands Auditorium, CAE’s Jazz Band and Flock of Flutes (FOF) combine for another exciting evening of music. The Jazz Band will be swinging to the beat of such Big Band favorites as Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman and much more. Meanwhile, the flock will perform “Night on a Bald Mountain” by Mussorgsky, “Barber of Seville” by Rossini, Korean Folk Songs arranged by Kelly Via. A highlight of the evening will be “Poem for Innocence” by local composer/pianist Wendy Loomis.

“Wendy is known for mixing it up in her compositions, fusing styles that range from Debussy to Thelonius Monk,” says FOF director Monica Williams. Most recently, Loomis’ composition “Egyptian Fantasy” was licensed to documentary director Lillie Paquette for her upcoming film We Are Egypt: The Story Behind the Revolution.

“FOF actually commissioned Wendy to write “Poem for Innocence” for us,” says Williams. “We first performed it in 2005 and look forward to playing it again at our joint concert with the Jazz Band.” The piece utilizes a narrator, the flute choir and an optional percussion part that features an Afro-Cuban rhythm played in contrast with the flutes. “The idea of the piece is that a sense of innocence was present on the days before major disasters,” explains Loomis. “We all remember what we were doing on 9/11, but does anyone remember the day before? While the narrator lists specific dates when major disasters took place, the piece has an optimistic view that the universe, as we know it, will continue.”

Not to be outdone, the Jazz Band features top flight musicians such as drummer Jerry Bazil. With over 40 years experience, Bazil has played with Iggy and the Stooges, Mitch Ryder, Aretha Franklin and many more. Playing a wide variety of music including high-powered funk, the Concord resident has concentrated on rock, jazz and country for the past 10 years.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased by calling 925-943-5846.



May 30, 2013
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Shadelands Auditorium
111 N. Wiget Lane
wWalnut Creek, CA 94598 United States
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