December 01, 2014, BY Kathryn Kopchik

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The Zeropoint Big Band will perform a free holiday concert Monday, Dec. 8, at 7:30 p.m. in the Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University.

Canned goods and donations will be accepted for the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank.

The concert features the complete performance of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn's adaptation of "The Nutcracker."

"This promises to be a very special evening of music, including the rare opportunity to hear Ellington and Strayhorn's wonderful adaptation in its entirety," said Barry Long, associate professor of music and University Arts Coordinator at Bucknell.

"Each were at their creative peaks when this was originally recorded in 1960 and their work with Tchaikovsky's timeless material is irresistible." [visit for an original excerpt by the Ellington band]

The Zeropoint Big Band is a professional ensemble featuring many of the region's finest jazz musicians and educators including: Steve Rudolph, piano; Jeff Beck, bass; Kevin Lowe, drums; Dan Yoder, Rick Hirsch, Phil Loewen, Marty Gillespie and Matt Donovan, saxophone; Eddie Severn, Dale Orris, Jeff Smith and Barry Long, trumpet; and Paul Leskowicz, Jay Vonada, Bob Labarc and Mike Loewen, trombone.

Upcoming concerts in the spring include Thumbscrew, featuring Mary Halvorson, Michael Formanek and Tomas Fujiwara on Feb. 4; the Nadje Noordhuis Quintet on Feb. 25; and Linda Oh's Quartet on April 8.