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Big Band Jazzes Up Spring Concert at Susquehanna University

Published on April 1, 2013

The Susquehanna University Big Band’s upcoming concert will feature both a guest director and a guest faculty performer.Big Band Presented by the Department of Music, the concert will be held on April 10 at 8 p.m. in Stretansky Concert Hall, in the Cunningham Center for Music and Art. It is free and open to the public.

Former Big Band director and Associate Professor of Music Gail Levinsky will conduct the performance in the absence of the current director, Associate Professor of Music Joshua Davis, who is on sabbatical. Levinsky served as the Big Band director from 1999 until 2005.

“The experience of conducting the SU Jazz Ensemble—another component of Susquehanna’s jazz program—this semester has been one of pure joy. The ensemble has worked so hard on developing their skills in this style of music,” Levinsky said.

In addition to showcasing Susquehanna students, the concert will also feature long-time Susquehanna faculty member Victor Boris, an adjunct member of the music and film departments, on both piano and vocals. Boris will perform an arrangement of Stephen Sondheim’s “Send in the Clowns,” as well as a number with one of the student combos.

The program for the concert includes works by Sammy Nestico, Neal Hefti, Benny Goodman, Gordan Goodwin, Les Hooper, Joe D'Etienne and Don Menza.

The Big Band is a part of Susquehanna’s jazz program and includes as many as 20 student-musicians each year. It performs four to six times annually, including at Honors Band Weekend and the SU High School Jazz Festival.

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