Weekly Event Breakdown: Week of September 28th
The Jazz@Bucknell series continues with a performance by one of modern jazz’s most original and in-demand young artists, the Ambrose Akinmusire Quintet on Wednesday, Oct. 1, @ 7:30 in Bucknell Hall. The free performance features Akinmusire on trumpet, Walter Smith on tenor saxophone, Sam Harris on piano, Harish Raghavan on bass, and Tyshawn Sorey on drums. Named the top jazz trumpeter of the year, Akinmusire was listed among the top five in the Jazz Artist, Jazz Album, and Jazz Group critic’s polls in the latest Downbeat Magazine. Their fresh new sound is a great addition to the Jazz@Bucknell concert series and for anyone who has yet to break into the realm of Jazz music, this is the concert to begin with.
On Thursday, October 2nd at 4:00 pm, there will be a faculty recital in the Rooke Recital Hall in the Weis Music Building. Emily Martin, soprano, accompanied by guest artist Robert Spillman piano, will perform a variety of traditional pieces for the Bucknell Community. This is yet another opportunity for you to show your support for the Bucknell Music community!
Also, on Thursday, October 2nd, Bucknell will host a free jazz concert in Rooke Recital Hall of the Weis Music Building @ 7:30. Saxophonist Jonathon Ragonese and his mentor and frequent Jazz@Buckenll guest, pianist Steve Rudolph, will join for an evening of standards and originals. As a saxophonist Ragonese has performed and recorded with local and international performers and has served on the faculty of the West Chester University Summer Jazz Institute and The Central Pennsylvania Friends of Jazz Camp. Rudolph has been largely responsible for the growth and development of the thriving jazz scene in Central Pennsylvania. He founded the Central PA Friends of Jazz, now in its 33rd successful season of monthly concerts, youth band, jazz camp, and the annual Central PA Jazz Festival.
The Brentano String Quartet will be making an appearance at the Weis Center this Saturday, October 4th @ 7:30 pm. This group has traveled widely over the world since their establishment in 1992, performing in the world’s most prestigious venues, including Carnegie Hall and Alive Tully Hall in New York, the Library of Congress in Washington, and many more. Not only does this group play the entire two-century range of the standard quartet repertoire, the Brentano Quartet has a strong interest in both very old and very new music. In this concert they will be performing Mozart: Quartet in Bb-Major, K 458 (“Hunt”), Bartok: Quartet No. 3, and Schubert: Quartet in D-minor (“Death and the Maiden”).