Capital University Celebrates 19th Annual Jazz and World Music Festival

Posted by Nichole Johnson |

Monday, April 01, 2013

News-Jazz-and-world-music-logo-300Capital University's Conservatory of Music will present the 19th annual Jazz & World Music Festival April 8-26 featuring student and faculty ensemble performances, along with world-class jazz artists in clinics, workshops and in concert.

Among the festival highlights are the Jazz Ensemble Invitational on Friday, April 12; a special performance Friday night by the Capital University Big Band, under the direction of Dr. Lou Fischer, and the Stan Kenton Alumni Band, under the direction of Michael Vax; and Reflections Street Festival and student art sale on Saturday, April 13.

Friday’s Jazz Ensemble Invitational, held in Mees and Huntington Recital halls, brings together middle and high school, collegiate and community jazz ensembles from within a five-state region to perform and learn in a friendly non-competitive atmosphere. Internationally, nationally and regionally recognized judges provide adjudication. This is an endorsed event of the Jazz Education Network.

Then at 7 pm, Capital University’s Big Band and the Stan Kenton Alumni Band will perform in Mees Hall. Tickets for the performance cost $15 for the general public and $10 for students and seniors (60+). Admission is free for Capital students, faculty and staff with a valid Capital ID. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door only on the day of the event beginning at 6 pm in the Mees Hall Box Office. For more information, cal 614-236-6411.

Alumni from the 1956 through 1978 Stan Kenton orchestras unite to form the Stan Kenton Alumni Band, which performs festivals, clinics and concerts during annual tours throughout the United States. Along with its emphasis on jazz education, the Stan Kenton Alumni Band carries on Kenton’s tradition of dedication to creative music and jazz education. Capital University’s Big Band is an 18-piece, undergraduate, award-winning jazz ensemble that performs both standard/traditional and contemporary repertoire. The band appears in concert often, on and off campus, and at various regional, national and international festivals.


On Saturday, join us for a Reflections Street Festival and student art sale at Reflections fountain, located on the plaza in the heart of Capital’s Bexley campus, from 1 to 7 pm. This free event will feature the rich, vibrant sounds of live music performed by Capital’s accomplished student ensembles, including the Capital University Big Band, C.U.R.E. (Capital University Rock Ensemble), Jazz Percussion Ensemble, World Music Ensemble and more, along with a student art sale, and street food created by Columbus's food trucks. 


Bring your family and lawn chairs and listen as Capital’s students explore jazz, global music and cultural influences to transform the plaza into a street that could be anywhere in the world.

Please note: The street festival will be canceled if it rains or snows.


For more information, including a complete list of Jazz and World Music Festival events, please visit 


Located in the Columbus, Ohio, neighborhood of Bexley, Capital University is a private, four-year undergraduate institution and graduate school. Capital prepares students for meaningful lives and purposeful careers through a relevant liberal arts core curriculum and deep professional programs. Influenced by its Lutheran heritage, Capital places great emphasis on the free and open exchange of ideas, seeking out diverse perspectives, active participation in society, leadership and service. With a focus on rigor and experiential learning, the University capitalizes on its size, location, and heritage to develop the whole person, both inside and outside the classroom.   



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