URI jazz festival
A treat for jazz fans is in store when the Rhode Island Music Educators Association (RIMEA) annual jazz festival and the University of Rhode Island's winter Jazz and World Music Festival come together for an intense schedule of performances on the URI Kingston campus.
The combined festivals kick off on Saturday, Feb. 3, offering a full day of free performances by jazz ensembles from 13 Rhode Island high schools followed by an 8 p.m. jazz concert by the internationally recognized musicians on the URI jazz faculty. The URI festival continues the following weekend with a Great Performances Series concert on Friday, Feb. 9, and a second jazz concert, featuring the URI C100 and B101 Big Bands directed by Mark Berney and Joseph Parillo, on Saturday, Feb. 10, at 8 p.m.
Nearly 300 high school musicians are expected to participate in the RIMEA jazz festival. Performances are scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a break for lunch. Each school ensemble will perform separately, and all performances are free and open to the public. The adjudicators for the day are Dr. Brian Cardany, URI's director of Athletic Bands, and jazz faculty members Eric Hofbauer and Jared Sims.
All performances will be held in the Fine Arts Center Concert Hall off Upper College Road on URI's Kingston campus. For more information, call the URI Music Department at 874-2431.