October 23, 2021

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WT jazz ensembles to host outdoor concert Thursday for community

One of the ensembles performing in Thursday's outdoor jazz concert at West Texas A&M University.

Students in Jazz Ensembles I and II at West Texas A&M University will return to performing in front of members of the community with an outdoor concert Thursday evening. 

According to a news release, the two ensembles are scheduled to perform a free concert at 6:30 p.m. Thursday on the south-facing steps of the Old Education Building on the university’s campus in Canyon. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets for seating, as well as food and drink, though no alcohol is permitted on campus. 

The two ensembles will perform works by artists like the late Chick Corea, Pat Metheny and Gordon Goodwin. 

“We are incredibly excited to get back on the stage and share some great music with (West Texas A&M University) and the Canyon/Amarillo community,” James Barger, an assistant professor of saxophone at West Texas A&M and the Jazz Ensemble II director, said in the release. “When schools shut down last spring, we were weeks away from welcoming two internationally renowned jazz artists and educators to clinic and perform with our students. Like so many other musicians and artists, we found ways to pivot and resume our activities in a gradual and safe way over the past year. The result is an outdoor concert that will be safe and enjoyable for all involved, and we look forward to welcoming everybody to our beautiful campus.”

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