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Jazz I celebration concert rescheduled for April 29

UPDATE: This concert, originally scheduled for Saturday, April 26, was cancelled due to inclement weather in the Bemidji area. It has been rescheduled for Tuesday, April 29, at 7:30 p.m.

BEMIDJI, Minn. - Bemidji State University’s Jazz I will conclude its spring tour with a Celebration Concert as a season finale and in recognition of Jazz Appreciation Month at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 29, in the Thompson Recital Hall of the Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and free for students.

The music
Jazz I, under the direction of Dr. Steve Konecne, will pay homage to the legendary bassist and composer Charles Mingus by performing two of his compositions, “Fables of Faubus” and “Better Get Hit In Your Soul.”

Also included from the legacy of jazz history composition will be “Lover Man,” which has had classical recordings by Billie Holiday and Charlie “Bird” Parker. Lead alto saxophonist John Konecne, a senior music education major from Bemidji, Minn., will be the featured soloist on this Sammy Nestico arrangement. Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie’s composition “Anthropology” will feature solos by Andy Cresap on trumpet, sophomore music major from Minot, N.D., and Therese Haugen on baritone saxophone, a senior double major in business administration and music from Cass Lake, Minn.

Jazz I gives several public performances each year, including the fall Remember When Dance and the annual BSU Jazz Festival.

Jazz Appreciation Month
The Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History established April as Jazz Appreciation Month honoring jazz as a national and world treasure. In 2003, the U.S. Congress passed a law commending the Smithsonian’s efforts to recognize this beloved art form. Today, the Smithsonian promotes jazz celebrations across the nation through its Smithsonian Jazz Web site at
For more information, contact the Department of Music at (218) 755-2915.

April 29
- 7:30 p.m. - Jazz I Celebration Concert presented by Bemidji State University. Location: Thompson Recital Hall of the Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex, BSU campus. Admission: $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and free for students.

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