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Le Moyne Jazzuits and LCCO celebrate Gershwin and Ireland


On Sunday, Feb. 26, the Jazzuits will be performing with jazz vocalist Nancy Kelly. The Le Moyne College Chamber Orchestra will host “An Irish Celebration” on Thursday, March 1.

The Sunday Jazzuits concert will consist of 27 songs composed by George and Ira Gershwin, most of which will be performed as solos or duets.

“Some of them are pretty unknown but are some really neat gems that I hope the audience will enjoy,” Jazzuits director Carol Jacobe said. “This is also the first time we have several Jazzuits doing duets with our guest artist as well as scatting with Nancy.”

According to Jacobe, this will be Kelly’s fourth appearance with the Jazzuits over the past seven years.

“One of my memorable performances with her and the Jazzuits was our tribute to the Beatles at the Palace Theater in Syracuse,” Jacobe said. “I enjoy bringing in Nancy to reinforce what I teach and also to introduce new ideas to the group. I myself have learned a lot about stylizing jazz solos and vocal production from her.”

Jacobe, for one, is quite excited about this concert.

“The best part is being able to sit back and listen to all the Jazzuits do their solos,” Jacobe said. “It is very special for me to see the growth and confidence from everyone from the start of preparing their solos to the point of performing them. And it’s always fun to bring in a guest artist for the audience and for inspiration to all the singers.”

Later that week, LCCO will be performing all things Irish with the help of Kitty Hoyne’s Session Players, a group of musicians who regularly play Irish instruments at local restaurant Kitty Hoynes. Some songs feature just the Chamber Orchestra, certain sections of the Chamber Orchestra or the Session Players.

“It’s notable that we’re teaming up with the Session Players,” LCCO director and director of music Travis Newton said. “They’ve never performed here before.

“Some of the jigs and reels will be recognizable,” Newton said of the song choices. “Everything we play will have a definite Irish flavor.”

As he has done in concerts past, visiting assistant professor of music Ed Ruchalski had a hand in song arrangements.

“Ed Ruchalski created an arrangement that we’re playing,” Newton said. “This will be the premiere of that piece and he deserves a lot of credit for helping coordinate all of that.”

The Jazzuits concert takes place this Sunday, Feb. 26 at 4 p.m. in the James Commons. Tickets are $5 for students. LCCO’s “An Irish Celebration” is Thursday, March 1, at 7:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. Tickets are free for students. To reserve tickets for either concert, visit the PAC office or call (315) 445-4523.

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