WMU News

Gold Company Sextet gives NYC Preview Concert

Jan. 7, 2004

KALAMAZOO--Gold Company Sextet--a select group of six singers and four-piece back-up band--gives an "NYC Preview Concert" at 8:15 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 20, in Dalton Center Recital Hall on the campus of Western Michigan University.

The program is a preview of the group's performance two days later at the International Association for Jazz Education Conference in New York City. General admission tickets are $10 and are available from the Miller Auditorium Ticket Office at 269 387-2300 or toll free 800 228-9858. Tickets for students and senior citizens are $5.

The Jan. 20 concert will open with a guest appearance by the Scott Cowan Quintet, which includes WMU music faculty members Tom Knific, Trent Kynaston and Cowan, director of the University Jazz Orchestra.

The NYC Preview Concert also will be performed Wednesday, Jan. 14, as part of the Dalton Convocation Series. That performance is free and begins at 1 p.m. in the Dalton Center Recital Hall. The Scott Cowan Quintet will not appear during the Jan. 14 show.

Directed by Dr. Stephen Zegree, the Gold Company Sextet is a select group of singers and musicians from Gold Company, WMU's award-winning vocal jazz ensemble. In December the sextet traveled to Eastern Europe. The ensemble was called back for four encores, following each of their performances at packed concert halls in Tallinn, Estonia, and Riga, Lativa. The concerts were attended by representatives of the U.S. embassies in each nation's capital and received rave reviews in major newspapers of both Baltic countries.

Media contact: Kevin West, 269 387-4678, kevin.west@wmich.edu

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