January 30, 2009

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Weis Center for the Performing Arts will host a free family matinee, "Jazz for Kids!" on Saturday, Feb. 7, at 1 p.m.

"This performance with the David Leonhardt Jazz Group is designed to introduce children aged 6 to 12 to the world of jazz and creative improvisation," said Bill Boswell, executive director of Bucknell's Weis Center, "and to do this in a fascinating and fun way.

"Using familiar songs, Leonhardt explains what jazz is. He demonstrates how the raw materials of music are used as the building blocks for a variety of unique and different performances. Audience participation and interaction help make this show fun and informative for kids with all kinds of musical experience including children with no musical experience at all," he said.

Aside from Leonhardt on piano, the performers will be vocalist Nancy Reed, saxophonist Paul Kendall, drummer Tom Whaley, and Tony Marino on bass.

David LeonhardtJazz performer and educator
For more than 30 years, Pennsylvania pianist and composer David Leonhardt has been a jazz performer and educator with students ranging from 6-year-olds to adult professionals. Jazz for Kids has been enjoyed by thousands across North America and Europe.

Leonhardt has produced, arranged, and performed on numerous recordings with jazz greats including Stan Getz, Slide Hampton, Jon Hendricks, and many others. He has performed all over the world and writes for the magazine "Piano Today." He has twice been artist-in-residence at Lafayette College and is on the roster of PennPAT (PA Performing Arts on Tour).

For more information, visit David Leonhardt.

This family matinee is made possible through the generosity of Clayton and David Lightman and members of the Weis Center Green Room Board.

The 2008-09 season of Weis Center Events is generously supported by grants from the Bucknell University Association for the Arts and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Council on the Arts in conjunction with the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Additional support for the series is provided by numerous and generous private donors including members of the Weis Center Green Room Circle and Green Room Board.
The next event in the Weis Center series is a concert on Feb. 21 at 8 p.m. with pianist Paavali Jumppanen including sonatas by Beethoven and Liszt and music by Jouni Kaipainen. Tickets for the Feb. 21 concert are $20.

Contact: Division of Communications


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