Capital University Presents 20th annual Jazz & World Music Festival through April 17

Posted by Nichole Johnson |

Wednesday, April 02, 2014


Capital University will present Jack Wilkins and collaborators in a special concert featuring music from Wilkins' Blue and Green Project at 7 pm Friday, April 4, in Mees Hall on Capital's Bexley campus. The performance is part of the Conservatory of Music's 20th annual Jazz and World Music Festival, which will run through Thursday, April 17. Visit for a complete schedule of events.

The concert will feature jazz artists from Florida, New York and Indiana, along with Capital students and faculty members, including the World Music Ensemble and the Jazz Percussion Ensemble. Featured performers include:

  • Jack Wilkins on saxophone 
  • Sara Caswell on violin 
  • Tamara Danielsson on saxophone
  • Tom Brantley on trombone 
Keith Oshiro on trombone
  • Jon Metzger on vibraphone
  • Keith Wilson on drums
  • Mark Neuenschwander on bass 
Corey Christiansen on dobro/acoustic/jazz electric guitars 
LaRue Nickelson on guitars 
Per Danielsson on piano 


In The Blue and Green Project, critically acclaimed saxophonist and composer Wilkins tells the story of Appalachian Mountain culture and environment. According to, Wilkins researched the culture as the inspiration for this series of new compositions, which combines the musical influences of American roots music — Blues, Gospel, Jazz, Mountain music, New Orleans traditions (the "Blue" element) — with the subjective inspiration of the "Green" element — the people, artists, craftsmen, traditions and environment of Appalachia.  

Tickets will be available starting at 6 pm the day of the performance in the Mess Hall Box Office. There is free admission for Capital students with a valid student ID and for faculty members and their guest. General admission tickets are $15. Tickets are $10 for non-Capital student and seniors 60 and older. 

Also as part of the Jazz and World Music Festival, Conservatory of Music jazz ensembles will perform a series of free concerts at Reflections fountain, located on the plaza on Capital's Bexley campus. The Reflections series will kick off Sunday, April 6, from 1 to 7 pm with Reflections Street Festival.

Bring your lawn chairs, picnic baskets and non-alcoholic beverages and enjoy a day of music and festival fun. Schedules for the remaining events follow:

Monday, April 7, noon to 1 pm
Jazz Percussion Ensemble

Tuesday, April 8, noon to 1 pm
World Music Ensemble

Wednesday, April 9, 4:15 to 5:15 pm
Jazz Consort

Thursday, April 10, 3 to 4 pm
Vanguard Ensemble

Friday, April 11, 4 to 5 pm
The C.U.R.E (Rock Ensemble)

Monday, April 14, 5 to 6 pm
Capital University Big Band

Tuesday, April 15, 3:45 to 4:45 pm
conFUSION Band

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