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Phone: 401-874-2116 Fax: 401-874-7872

Media Contact: Jan Wenzel 401-874-2116

URI celebrates string performances at annual
Jazz and World Music Festival

Guest artists Lesa Terry and Bonnie Rideout to perform

KINGSTON, R.I. -- March 27, 2003 -- The University of Rhode Island will host its annual Jazz and World Music Festival from Thursday, April 3 through Saturday, April 5. All of the events will be held in the URI Fine Arts Center Concert Hall. This years festival, a collaboration of the URI Music Department and Great Performances series, features string performances, jazz violinist Lesa Terry and renowned Scottish fiddler Bonnie Rideout.

On Thursday, April 3 at 8 p.m. the festival will kick-off with a performance by the URI Jazz Combos. The URI Traditional Jazz Band, directed by Gary Buttery; the URI Tuesday Night Combo, directed by Brian Sparks; and the URI Honors Jazz Combo, directed by Joseph Parillo will perform. Tickets for the concert will be available at the door for $8 general admission and $2 for students.

On Friday, April 4 at 8 p.m. jazz violinist Lesa Terry (shown here) will perform with the URI Chamber Orchestra, directed by Ann Danis, and the URI Jazz Big Band, directed by Joseph Parillo. Lesa Terry, cousin of the renowned jazz trumpeter Clark Terry, is a well-known violinist, composer, arranger and educator. She is currently a guest lecturer at New York University presenting a series on the African-American experience in music, based on the Negro Spiritual. Tickets for the performance are $10 general admission and $5 for students. Tickets will be available at the door and proceeds from both the April 3 and 4 concerts will benefit the URI Jazz Program and jazz scholarships.

On Saturday, April 5 two master classes will be held. At 10 a.m. Lesa Terry will give a jazz workshop for string players. The workshop is free and open to the public. For more information contact Ann Danis at 401-874-2746. At 3 p.m. Bonnie Rideout will hold a fiddling workshop. Tickets for the workshop are $5; URI students free of charge. For further information call 401-874-2627.

The festival will conclude at 8 p.m. with a performance by Scottish fiddler Bonnie Rideout and Scottish Trio members, Bryan Aspey and Steve Holloway featuring special guest piper Jerry O’Sullivan. Rideout will perform music of the Highlands in a program using both the fiddle and viola.

The concert is sponsored in part by a grant from the R.I. Council on the Arts and Maron Construction. Tickets are $15 general admission; $12 for faculty, staff, seniors; and $5 for students. Tickets are available at the door, through Great Performances at 401-874-2627, or through Ticketmaster at 401-331-2211.

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