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Frankfort International Jazz Day Celebration Concert
Friday, April 29, @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm; Frankfort's Grand Theatre - Don't wait another minute!
Featuring a blend of styles in celebration of various cultures and heritages, the inaugural Frankfort International Jazz Day Celebration Concert is slated for 7 p.m. on Friday, April 29, at the Grand Theatre.
Dr. Keith McCutchen (photo, right) created and initiated the event, which is part of the larger United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) international effort to promote peace and cultural diversity through jazz music and spoken word.
The event will include performances by the International Jazz Day All-Star Ensemble featuring saxophonist Rob Dixon; guitarist Dave Stryker; vocalist Mary Jackson; Venezuelan vocalist and visual artist Enrique Gonzalez; and hip-hop artist activist Devine Carama.
McCutchen will lead the ensemble and premiere a composition called “Songs of Struggle, Hope and Triumph: Local to Global.” It is the second phase of a musical work entitled “Songs of Struggle, Hope and Triumph: Stories From Around the World.” The first piece premiered in Curitiba, Brazil, by Camerata Antiqua de Curitiba, a professional choir and orchestra, at a concert sponsored by the U.S. Consulate to Sao Paulo and Brazillian Consulate to South Africa to commemorate the 100th year celebration of Nelson Mandela.
The concert will also feature bands from Frankfort and surrounding communities.
Last year, April 30 was proclaimed International Jazz Day in Frankfort.