The Temple Jazz Orchestra will swing in the holidays with the first Christmas concert in the band’s history on Saturday, Dec. 8, at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Mary Alice Marshall Performing Arts Center at Temple College. The concert is sponsored by the Central Texas Jazz Society.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and can be purchased in advance at the Temple College Fine Arts office, Johnnie’s Cleaners, and the Band Room store in Belton.
The concert will open with Duke Ellington’s “Nutcracker Suite,” a nine-movement work is a fusion of the classical original written by Pyotr Tchaikovsky with Ellington’s swinging jazz style. These jazz orchestrations stand as one of the greatest examples of a successful adaptation of classical music to jazz. Ellington’s writing shows off the versatility of the jazz orchestra to its fullest.
The second half of the concert will feature some of the greatest contemporary big band composers including Gordon Goodwin, Tom Kubis, Allen Baylock and Bob Curnow. The audience will hear sacred and popular favorites including Let it Snow!, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Lo, How a Rose E’re Blooming and Silent Night among others. Also, Temple College faculty member Teri Johnson will swing in the holidays with her version of Santa Baby.
The concert will end with the great Count Basie band’s version of Jingle Bells.
For more information contact the division of Fine Arts at 298.5555 or visit us on the web at http://www.templejc.edu.