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Jazz groups hold benefit concert for NYC trip

Jan. 4, 2006

KALAMAZOO--Two Western Michigan University jazz ensembles will present a fund-raising concert Monday, Jan. 9, at 8:15 p.m. in the Dalton Center Recital Hall. Proceeds from the concert will be used to help offset costs for the two groups to travel to New York City for the International Association for Jazz Education conference.

WMU's Kruziki Transatlantica Quintet and Gold Company received prestigious invitations to give featured performances at the IAJE conference, which runs Wednesday through Saturday, Jan. 11-14.

"With an expected attendance of more than 7,000 members, the IAJE conference is the largest gathering of professional and student jazz musicians, music industry representatives and jazz enthusiasts in the world," says Dr. Stephen Zegree, director of Gold Company and WMU professor of music. "We are truly honored to have two ensembles giving featured performances. This is a testimonial to the excellence of our jazz studies program and our extraordinary students."

General admission tickets for the Jan. 9 concert are $15 and are available in advance through the Miller Auditorium Ticket Office or at the door the evening of the performance. Students and senior citizens will be charge $5 for admission.

The concert will feature each ensemble presenting the carefully timed program it has prepared for the IAJE conference.

For more information, contact Dr. Stephen Zegree at stephen.zegree@wmich.edu or (269) 387-4689.

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

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