The Shenandoah Conservatory Jazz Ensemble presents, “Jazz Goes to the Movies,” at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 9, at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema (181 Kernstown Commons Blvd., Winchester). The concert is a Jazz4Justice™ event in partnership with the Winchester-Frederick County Bar Association, and will raise funds to support Blue Ridge Legal Services and the Shenandoah Conservatory Jazz Ensemble Tour of Northwest United States.
“Our students are excited to perform classic movie themes in a theater setting, accompanied by on-screen trailers, posters, and fun information about each film,” said Harrison Endowed Chair in Piano and Associate Professor of Jazz Piano Robert Larson, D.M.A. “The fact that this benefits both our students and Blue Ridge Legal Services makes this even more meaningful.”
About the Performance:
This multi-media event will feature the Shenandoah Conservatory Jazz Ensemble, directed by Adjunct Associate Professor of Jazz and Trumpet Craig Fraedrich, M.M., performing arrangements including “Anatomy of a Murder” (1959) by Duke Ellington, “Catch Me If You Can” (1962) by John Williams, “The Wizard of Oz (Over the Rainbow)” (1939) by Harold Arlen, “Goldfinger” (1964) by John Barry and more. Arrangements are by Mike Tomaro, Alan Baylock ’90 and Fraedrich. The concert will also include some swinging Count Basie classics.
The event concludes with a jam session, hosted by Shenandoah’s jazz students, at the Greene Turtle restaurant (185 Kernstown Commons Blvd., Winchester).
For more information, contact the Shenandoah Conservatory Box Office at (540) 655-4569. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased on the Alamo website in advance or at the door. For more information, visit https://www.su.edu/performs/event/jazz-goes-movies/.
In 2000, Fairfax attorney Ed Weiner attended a student jazz recital. He was impressed by the music, but distressed by the small audience. As the President of the Fairfax Law Foundation, he saw an opportunity for a new partnership – universities would provide the musical talent and the local Bar Association would provide the audience and sponsors. Today, Jazz4Justice™ concerts are held throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. Thus far, Jazz4Justice™ has raised over $200,000 for music scholarships and an array of educational and charitable services benefiting Virginia’s local communities. Jazz4Justice™ has received awards from the American Bar Association and the Virginia State Bar. This April, we are pleased to present the first annual Jazz4Justice™ Concert with Shenandoah University – the product of a unique partnership between the Winchester/Frederick County Bar Association and Shenandoah Conservatory. Jazz4Justice™ programs are assisted by a generous grant from the Virginia Law Foundation (VLF). The VLF promotes the Rule of Law, access to justice, and law-related education. Please visit http://jazz4justice.com/ for more information.
About Blue Ridge Legal Services
Blue Ridge Legal Services (BRLS) is a nonprofit charitable civil legal aid program providing free legal assistance in civil matters of critical importance to low-income residents of the Shenandoah Valley and Roanoke Valley. BRLS is committed to eliminating poverty-based inequities in the civil justice system by providing high-quality legal advice and representation to low-income residents of our service area, folks who would otherwise be unable to obtain legal help due to their poverty.