March 29, 2010

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Bucknell Jazz Band will perform in concert on Friday, April 9, at 7:30 p.m. in the Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University.

The concert, which is free and open to the public, will include the premiere of the newly commissioned "Four by Four" by Dean Sorenson.

"The Jazz Band also welcomes Sorenson as a trombone soloist on his other compositions 'Kristi's Waltz,' 'Keep the Stick' and 'Beneath the Underdog,' as well as Bill Holman's 'Polkadots and Moonbeams'," said Barry Long, who is the Samuel Williams assistant professor of music at Bucknell and director of the Jazz Band.

"It is a fantastic opportunity for our students to work with a such a highly regarded jazz composer as Dean and perform music written specifically for them," said Long.

Other pieces on the program include an arrangement by Bucknell junior music major Nick Horner and a work by Russell Scarbrough, a jazz composer on the faculty of Roberts Wesleyan University in Rochester, N.Y.  Scarbrough visited the Jazz Band earlier this semester for a rehearsal and workshop.

The commission and Sorenson's residency are sponsored by the Kushell Music Endowment.

A trombonist and the director of jazz studies at the University of Minnesota, Sorenson has composed and arranged for numerous ensembles including the Glenn Miller Orchestra, the Airmen of Note, the United States Air Force Band, and for brass ensembles Proteus 7, the Chestnut Brass Company, and the Burning River Brass. He is active as a commissioned composer and arranger for jazz ensemble, concert band, and chamber ensembles, and also has written several sacred choral pieces.

As an advocate of jazz education and the expansion of the repertoire, Sorenson continues to develop creative materials and methods to help students and teachers better understand the art form. An outstanding clinician, conductor, and soloist, he is frequently featured at festivals and conventions around the country and abroad. He also maintains a full schedule of concert and recording dates as a Yamaha performing artist.

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