HIGH POINT, N.C., Oct. 9, 2013 – High Point University will host an evening of toe-tapping jazz with the upcoming Jazz Ensemble Concert. The event will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 21 in the Pauline Theatre of the Hayworth Fine Arts Center. The event is open to the public; no tickets are required.
Directed by Dr. Robert Faub, instructor of saxophone, the annual fall concert will feature an array of jazz pieces, including songs by Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin and more. The concert will also feature vocalist Eugenia Copeland, an HPU senior voice major.
Songs in the lineup include: “Sonnymoon for Two,” by Sonny Rollins; “In a Mellow Tone,” by Duke Ellington; “Blue Bossa,” by Kenny Dorham; “Well You Needn’t,” by Thelonious Monk; “Bye-Bye Blackbird,” by Ray Henderson and Mort Dixon; “Who Can I Turn To?” by Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse; “Blue Skies,” by Irving Berlin; “Night and Day,” by Cole Porter; “Softly, As in a Morning Sunrise,” by Sigmund Romburg and Oscar Hammerstein II; and “Here’s That Rainy Day,” by Jimmy Van Heusen and Johnny Burke.
“The goal of our ensemble concert is to educate our students and the HPU community about jazz and its place in American history and culture,” Faub says. “We strive to present authentic performances of standard jazz repertoire, while learning about jazz improvisation and the role of each person in the overall ensemble. Jazz is a collaborative music and the students are learning how to play their own part while listening and responding to the others in the ensemble.”