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2019 Jazzathon and John Kirby Day Celebration PRESS RELEASE

Shenandoah Conservatory, the NAACP of Winchester and Old Town Winchester have partnered again this year to combine the John Kirby Day Celebration with the 2019 Jazzathon on Friday, April 12, and Saturday, April 13. This year’s event honors the contributions of Winchester-born jazz musician John Kirby.

“The partnership with the NAACP and Old Town Winchester brings continued meaning to the Jazzathon,” said Associate Professor of Jazz Piano Robert Larson ’08, D.M.A. “Celebrating John Kirby, which has been a separate celebration in previous years, is a natural fit with the Jazzathon.”

This year’s event kicks off at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 12, at Armstrong Concert Hall, with a performance by the Shenandoah Conservatory Jazz Ensemble. General admission tickets are $12. Additional performances, continuing on campus and on the Old Town Winchester walking mall, are free and open to the public.

The annual Jazzathon features an array of performances to help raise funds to support jazz studies students at Shenandoah. Supporters can visit connect.su.edu/jazzathon to give one-time donations through the Shenandoah University Office of Advancement.

Funds raised in previous years have provided support for guest artists, benefiting students and the greater community, as well as travel opportunities for performing groups. Jazz students and faculty have participated in several performance tours around the world in countries such as China, Senegal, Ireland, Germany, and more.

Visit conservatoryperforms.org for a full schedule of events.


Event: 26th Annual Jazzathon & John Kirby Day Celebration
Where: Various Locations (Shenandoah University Main Campus and Old Town Winchester)
When: 8 p.m. on Friday, April 12, through 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 13

Event: Jazz Ensemble
Where: Armstrong Concert Hall, Shenandoah University Main Campus
When: 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday, April 12

Event: Student & Community Jam Session
Where: Armstrong Concert Hall, Shenandoah University Main Campus
When: 10 p.m. to midnight, Friday, April 12

Event: Trinity Trio featuring Isaac Williams, piano; Michael Pratt, bass; Chace Washington, drums
Where: Half Note Lounge at the George Washington Hotel (103 E. Piccadilly Street)
When: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Saturday, April 13

Event: PO’ Boys
Where: Sweet Nola’s (688 N. Loudoun Street)
When: Noon to 2 p.m., Saturday, April 13

Event: Shenandoah Conservatory Little Big Band
Where: Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum (19 W. Cork Street)
When: 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, April 13

Event: Shenandoah Conservatory John Kirby Sextet
Where: Eugene B. Smith Gallery (25 N. Loudoun Street)
When: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, April 13

For a full calendar of events at Shenandoah Conservatory, visit conservatoryperforms.org or Facebook under Shenandoah Conservatory.