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The Williamsport City Jazz Orchestra will once again share the stage with the Lycoming College Jazz Ensemble for an evening of music at the Community Arts Center on Friday, April 26, 7 p.m.
The ensembles will be joined by Grammy-nominated composer/arranger, John LaBarbera, as a guest conductor. LaBarbera's compositions have been recorded by artists including Buddy Rich, Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie, and Mel Torme. His compositions have become jazz standards in the field of education and his recordings with The Glenn Miller Orchestra have earned him gold and platinum records. His arrangement of “Jingle Bells” from those recordings can be heard in the Academy Award winning film “La La Land.”
The Williamsport City Jazz Orchestra is made up of many of the area's best jazz musicians and was founded by members, Eddie Severn and William Ciabattari, Ph.D., associate professor of music at Lycoming College and chair of the department. The vision of the group is to give great musicians an opportunity to play jazz standards, contemporary music, and big band classics for enthusiastic audiences, as well as to nurture an appreciation of jazz music in the next generation of musicians and audiences. In addition to the concert, LaBarbera will conduct a clinic with the Lycoming College Jazz Ensemble.
General admission for the concert is $15, student tickets are $5. For more information, visit https://www.caclive.com/event/williamsport-city-jazz-orchestra/.