LA PLUME — Keystone College and the PA Jazz Alliance will provide a free gift to the community for the second consecutive year.
The 17-piece Scranton Jazz Festival Big Band will perform “The Jazz Nutcracker Suite,” featuring the music of Peter IIlich Tchaikovsky arranged by Duke Ellington and Shorty Rogers from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 29 in the Theatre in Brooks on the college’s campus.
“It’s a great way to kick off the holiday season,” Keystone College Senior Director of College Relations Fran Calpin said. “It’s a combination of classical and jazz music.”
Guests are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy for the Keystone College Business Ethics students’ holiday toy drive to benefit the Catherine McAuley Center, a temporary shelter for women and children in crisis located in Scranton.
“The unwrapped toy is very special because there are a lot of kids in need who deserve to have a nice gift for Christmas,” PA Jazz Alliance founder Marko Marcinko said.
Seat reservations can be made with Kate Jones by emailing [email protected] or calling 570-945-8161. Guests can also RSVP by filling out a form on the college’s website, www.keystone.edu, by Wednesday, Nov. 25.
“It’s a holiday extravaganza of sorts and we want the public to be a strong participant,” Marcinko said. “Keystone College picked up the tab and offers the performance as a gift back to the community. It’s also unique because no one really performs this type of music during the holiday season.”
The PA Jazz Alliance brings professional jazz, blues, and Latin music and world-class musicians to Northeastern Pennsylvania and the entire state. Through performances and educational workshops, the alliance strives to bring the highest level of music and instruction to the public. Marcinko has performed and toured with jazz musicians Maynard Ferguson, Joe Henderson, Michael Brecker, Red Rodney, Paquito D’Rivera and Dave Liebman, among others.
“The PA Jazz Alliance and Keystone College have a really good, professional working relationship,” Marcinko said. “We do numerous projects together and present high quality musical events.”
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