MSU-Northern Community Orchestra presents an evening of jazz


Last updated 11/3/2023 at 1:09pm

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Montana State University-Northern Community Orchestra poses for a photograph. The orchestra is presenting "Big Jazz on Campus" Thursday, Nov. 9, at 7 p.m. in the university's Little Theatre.

Press release

People are invited to attend a evening of jazz courtesy of a local orchestra next Thursday in The Little Theatre in Montana State University-Northern's Cowan Hall.

"The MSU-Northern Community Orchestra is all set to captivate audiences with an enchanting evening of melodious jazz tunes," a press release said. The highly anticipated event, titled 'Big Jazz on Campus,' will be directed by Rhonda Minnick."

The release said the event, with free admission and starting at 7 p.m. Thursday, will provide an excellent opportunity for music enthusiasts and the local community to immerse themselves in the magic of live jazz music.

"The theme for the night, 'Big Jazz on Campus,' promises an unforgettable experience, as the orchestra will be showcasing a dynamic repertoire that includes a medley of contemporary jazz compositions," the release said. "Among the notable pieces to be performed are 'Pass the Hot Sauce' by Brad Ciechomski, '1/3 Off' by Rod Blumenau, 'Mack The Knife' arranged by Dave Wolpe, 'The Egg' by Dan Kramlich, 'C-Jam Blues' arranged by Mark Taylor, and 'It Don't Mean a Thing' arranged by Mark Taylor."

"The concert will feature a stellar ensemble of talented musicians from the MSU-Northern Community Orchestra, including instrumentalists and vocalists, each bringing their unique flair and expertise to the stage," the release added.

Some of the featured performers include Madison Hodshire on flute, Michael O'Hearn and Corman Chandler on alto saxophones, Mike Bober and Devin Kovacich on tenor saxophones, Ishaan Vikas on baritone saxophone, Marcus Jochim on French horn and vocals, Michael Richards, Lynn Steinmetz, Patricia O'Hearn, David Entrot, and Marcus Jochim on trumpets, Gary Stremcha, Jordyn Koenig, Jess Otto, and Cullen Hinkle on trombones, Anna Jones-Crabtree on vibes, Brad Taylor on guitar, Austin Haney on bass, Taylor Lammerding on drum set, and Rhonda Minnick leading the ensemble on keyboard as well as directing.

"The MSU-Northern Community Orchestra extends a warm invitation to all music aficionados and members of the community to join them for this thrilling night of musical excellence," the release said. "With a diverse selection of jazz melodies and a lineup of exceptional performers, the concert promises to be a one-of-a-kind experience that should not be missed."

Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis, so people are urged to arrive early to secure their spot.

For more information about the "Big Jazz on Campus" concert, people can contact Minnick at 406-399-3264.


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