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Performing Arts and Speaker Series

Jazz Nutcracker - CWU Jazz Band I

jazz bandTime: December 9, 2007 4pm

Location: Music Building Concert Hall

TICKETS: General Admission: $14 / Students: $7

CWU Jazz Band I performs this holiday favorite

The series welcomes back CWU Jazz Band I under the direction of Chris Bruya in this performance of the family holiday favorite—Jazz Nutcracker. This marvelous jazz arrangement, by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn of Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky's fabled Nutcracker Suite, was first performed by the Duke Ellington Orchestra in 1960. Ellington and Strayhorn didn't simply overlay a "jazz beat" behind the Russian composer's work; they transformed it into something that is idiomatic to jazz, extending Tchaikovsky's basic ideas and harmonies in new and surprising ways. To learn more about the CWU Jazz Band I, go to

Concert-goers are invited to an intermission treat with design-your-own hot cocoa featuring peppermint sticks, whipped cream and marshmallows, or have apple cider and other scrumptious holiday treats! 

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