Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Israeli clarinetist, saxophonist kicks off Saint Mary’s 2010-2011 Page Series

WINONA, Minn. — Israeli-born jazz clarinetist and saxophonist Anat Cohen will kick off Saint Mary’s University’s Page Series Friday, Oct. 8. The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Page Theatre, located in the SMU Performance Center.

“One of the brightest, most original young instrumentalists in jazz” (according to The Washington Post), Cohen will present a rousing tribute to Benny Goodman, “the King of Swing,” as well as selections from her four highly praised CDs.

The winner of four consecutive Jazz Journalists Association “Clarinet Player of the Year” awards and multiple “Rising Star Clarinet” DownBeat critic’s polls, Cohen and her quartet are performing around the world, reestablishing the clarinet to its rightful role at the forefront of jazz.

Cohen will lead a masterclass on jazz improvisation with area jazz students from 4 to 5 p.m. Oct. 8. She will then offer a free pre-show conversation at 6:30 p.m. Both events will be in Figliulo Recital Hall.

Tickets for the performance are $25 for adults or $20 for seniors and students and are available at the SMU Box Office, (507) 457-1715, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. or online at www.pagetheatre.org.