The inclement winter weather wreaked havoc on many artists and arts organizations who postponed and rescheduled events until now. One such group is the Pennsylvania Jazz Collective’s “Lehigh Valley Jazz IDOL” on Tuesday at 8 p.m., at the Charles A. Brown IceHouse, 56 River St., Sand Island, Bethlehem. Regional middle and high school jazz band directors and local college music departments were invited to participate.
Judges are PAJAZZ artists Neil Wetzel, Wayne “Paco” Maura and Marlene Gilley. Master of ceremonies is Alan Gaumer, artistic director. PAJAZZ also will present awards. The first-place jazz combo winner will appear at the Mayfair Festival of the Arts in Allentown in May as the opening act for the recently named PAJAZZ regional All-Star Septet.
For further info: pajazzcollective.org
Jazz artists Skip Wilkins and Tom Kozic also postponed their faculty recital to Tuesday at 8 p.m., at Lafayette College’s Williams Center for the Arts in Easton. The program will feature standards and original pieces the duo recorded together.
Wilkins is an associate professor of music at Lafayette; Kozic is a jazz/contemporary guitar instructor at Muhlenberg College in Allentown. The two have been performing together for more than 15 years in a variety of sessions. As a duo, they performed numerous concerts and also played at the Blue Orchid Inn in Mertztown, Berks Co.
For further info: 610-330-5356
The eclectic work by emerging student choreographers of Muhlenberg College’s Theater & Dance Department can be seen beginning tonight at 8, and running through Sunday in “Dance Emerge,” at the Dance Studio Theatre on campus. Artistic director for the showcase concert is Corrie Franz Cowart.
The program will showcase 12 choreographers and 60 dancers from the department in 12 original dances including contemporary jazz, hip-hop, tap, dance theater, plus modern works that investigate such topics as the sensation of getting lost in a book, women’s struggles with power, circus lights, and ritualized behavior.
For further info: muhlenberg.edu/dance
Grammy-nominated and Latin Grammy-winning composer/pianist Gabriela Lena Frank will present an original major work based on the poetry of Nicaragua’s Pablo Antonio Cuadra on Sunday at 3 p.m., at Lafayette College’s Williams Center for the Arts.
Frank, who has been in residency at the college, composed a commissioned major work, “Songs of Cifar and the Sweet Sea,” for the Lafayette Concert Choir and Chamber Singers.
In addition to the choirs and Concord Chamber Singers, the program includes international soloists Andrew Garland and Susanna Eyton-Jones, the Grammy-winning Chiara String Quartet, and concert pianists Molly Morkoski and Holly Roadfeldt on two pianos.
The concert will be conducted by Jennifer Kelly, associate professor and director of the college’s choral program. She featured Frank in her book, “In Her Own Words: Conversations with Composers in the United States.”
A pre-concert lecture at 2 p.m. features students presenting their work inspired by Frank’s commission.
For further info: 610-330-5009
Quakertown Community High School, under the direction of Frank Parker, has been named the winner of the SteelStacks High School Band Jazz Showcase during the finals of the third annual event held last month. The student musicians will open for the Cherry Poppin’ Daddies on May 22, during RiverJazz at SteelStacks in Bethlehem. Runner-up is the Kutztown Area High School Jazz Band, under the direction of Doug Matz, who will share the stage with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band on May 8, during RiverJazz.
In addition to the band honors, judges of the showcase recognized several schools and individuals with “best soloist” and “best section” awards. They are: best jazz vocalist, Nailah Vazques, Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts; best sax soloist, Natalie Parker, Quakertown Community High School; best brass soloist, Jamal Kemp, Kutztown Area High School; best rhythm soloist, Zion Fritzinger, Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts; and best overall solo, Pat McGee, Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts.
Also, Best Reed Section, Quakertown Community High School; best trumpet section, North Penn High School; best trombone section, North Penn High School and best rhythm section, Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts.
For further info: steelstacks.org