September 21, 2021

West Chester University's CRITERIONS JAZZ ENSEMBLE Performs FREE Public Concert on Friday, September 24

The West Chester University Wells School of Music proudly presents the Criterions Jazz Ensemble on Friday, September 24, at 7:30 p.m., in the Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall, Philips Memorial Building, 700 S. High Street, West Chester. Jonathan Ragonese directs. The event is FREE and open to the public. The concert can also be viewed on Livestream.Criterions Jazz Ensemble

The 17-member Criterions Jazz Ensemble presents Welcome Back! A Mosaic of Exploration, a deep-hearted welcoming concert for the 2021-2022 season featuring music of exploration. The evening features beautiful and grooving music by two titans of composition and orchestra: Mary Lou Williams and Melba Liston, and arrangements originally written for Wes Montgomery by Oliver Nelson. Percussionist Joe Ganzelli, also a WCU alumnus, will play with the ensemble.

The Criterions is the longest running University jazz band in the country. Originating in the 1920s, they were a student-led ballroom dance band, and provided entertainment for University dances, proms and post-Friday night games. As times changed, the “Crites” became a Faculty-led Jazz Ensemble by the early 1980’s, when the School of Music began Jazz curricula. They are known for their mastery of American popular songs and jazz standards from the early 20th century.

The Criterions Jazz Ensemble will also perform full concerts this season on Friday, November 5 at 7:30 p.m., and Friday, May 6 at 7:30 p.m.

 All faculty, staff, students, and visitors, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear a mask that covers the nose and mouth when indoors. Face masks may be worn when outdoors, but it is not an obligation of this policy notice. Mask and COVID-19 safety measures at West Chester University will continue to be updated here. Please check ahead for updated information before attending your performance. Please check ahead for updated information before attending your performance.


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