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Merced College hosts UOP Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet

January 11, 2006

The Merced community is in for a special treat when the University of Pacific Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet, (BIJQ) performs their magic at the Merced College Theater, Thursday, Feb 2. You may not have yet heard of the Quintet consisting of Brian Chahley, Lucas Pino, Glenn Azleski, Dominic Thiroux, and Colin Stranahan, but they are probably five of the most talented 18 and 19-year-old musicians in the nation and they are bringing their passion for jazz and phenomenal musical talent to Merced.

These five young men, four Americans and one Canadian, are here on full music scholarships at the University of the Pacific Brubeck Institute. They make up the jazz ensemble known as the UOP Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet, a UOP outreach program designed to encourage the performance, study and understanding of jazz in its many forms, explore contemporary concert music, enlighten and broaden the general knowledge and appreciation of music, and promote the understanding of the work and influence of Dave Brubeck throughout the country and the world.

“I am very excited about the Brubeck Quintet performing in Merced,” said Merced College Music Instructor John Albano. “They represent a high level of achievement and should prove to demonstrate the excitement that can take place during a live performance of jazz with an audience.”

The Brubeck Institute was established by UOP in 2000 to honor its distinguished alumni Dave and Iola Brubeck. The Institute is the realization of the Brubecks’ lifelong dedication to music, education, and the advancement of important social issues. The mission of the Institute is to build on Dave Brubeck’s legacy –the acceptance and recognition of jazz as a serious art form that reflects American ideals of freedom and individual expression balanced with group responsibility and interdependence.

The BIJQ travels extensively to give concerts and clinics in public schools, colleges and universities, libraries and museums, as well as other venues throughout the country. Their programs are designed to acquaint others with the Brubeck legacy, elements of jazz performance and history, and its contribution to life in America. Upon completion of the program, they receive the Brubeck Institute Certificate of Jazz Performance and go on to collegiate programs in jazz studies or pursue careers in performance. They are also expected to serve as ambassadors for jazz, and promote the values epitomized by the life and music of Dave Brubeck.

In accordance to their outreach mission, there will also be a free jazz clinic before the concert from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. in the Music Building at Merced College for anyone interested in participating.

Albano adds that “We hope that by offering events such as this one, we help to draw attention to the many outstanding educational and performance opportunities that we offer in our music department at Merced College. I especially want to encourage high school music students to hear these amazing young musicians.”

So, mark your calendars for 7 p.m. at the Merced College Theater on Thursday, Feb. 2 to see this phenomenal Quintet play their best for you. Tickets are $10 for general and $5 for students and can be purchased at the door starting at 6:30 p.m. Every one of all ages will enjoy listening to these five young men pour their heart and soul into their performance. And you can say that you hear them before they made it to the “Big Time!”

For more information contact John Albano at 384-6368.

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