UMES hosts spring concerts week of April 22

  • Tuesday, April 10, 2012

    PRINCESS ANNE, MD-(April 10, 2012)The Department of Fine Arts at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore is showering the community with three musical events during the week of April 22.

    Area high school musicians will join the UMES Wind Ensemble and Concert Choir for the Honors Band and Choir Concert Sunday, April 22.  The event takes place at 4 p.m. with free admission.

    Since no auditions are required-only the recommendation from their band or choir directors-the concert gives young musicians who may not have had the opportunity to be in the All-Shore or All-County bands and choirs a chance to perform with more experienced musicians, Dr. John Lamkin, director of bands at UMES, said.

    On April 25 at 7 p.m., the university will present the Jazz Combo and Chamber Concert.  Students and faculty will perform original works by members of the ensemble and pieces by musicians such as Ben Allison, John Coltrane and Miles Davis. Admission is free.

    The Imani Winds, a Grammy nominated wind quintet, will present a concert April 26 at 7 p.m.  Tickets are available at the door.  General admission, $7; seniors, $5; and students with ID, $3.

    In the past 15 years, the group has performed in most of the nation's major concert venues including, Carnegie Hall, the Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Disney Hall and the Kimmel Center and at many university's and music festivals.  This season they will also have appearances in France, China and Brazil.

    "We are really excited to have a group such as the Imani Winds perform at UMES and work with the music students.  The Imani Winds are a world-class chamber group who are setting new standards for the possibilities of classical music," Brian Perez, woodwinds instructor, said.

    All events will be held in the Ella Fitzgerald Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.  Call 410-651-6571 for more information.

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     Gail Stephens, assistant director, UMES Office of Public Relations, 410-651-7580, gcstephens@umes.edu.