Friends University will celebrate its 27th annual Jazz Festival this February with a series of stage performances, along with daytime workshops and activities for middle school, high school, and junior college bands.
In addition to the music education activities, Friends will present a series of concerts this Valentine’s Day weekend.
The first concert is at noon on Friday, February 14, featuring the Friends University Jazz Ensemble I. This concert is FREE and open to the public.
Then on Friday night at 7:30 p.m., the Friends Jazz Vocal Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble II will perform. Tickets for this concert are $12 for adults and $9 for students and seniors.
The headliner concert will be held Saturday night at 7:30 p.m., featuring well-known and well-loved American jazz trumpet player Bobby Shew. Shew toured as lead trumpeter for the likes of Elvis Presley, Barbra Streisand, Steve Allen, Paul Anka and Tom Jones. Besides performing, Shew has also authored a few books, co-designed/developed a series of instruments and parts for Yamaha and taught at the University of Southern California, California State in Northridge and California Institute of the Arts.
Tickets for this performance are $16 for adults and $12 for seniors and students.
All three concerts will be held in the Riney Fine Arts Center – Sebits Auditorium on the Friends University campus.
All daytime activities during the Jazz Festival are free and open to the public. You can see a full schedule of events and performers here at the Friends University website.
For tickets, contact the Fine Arts Box Office at (316) 295-5677 or visit the Friends University website at the link above.