Thursday, September 29, 2011

Jazz Ensemble, Combo to play Family Weekend

By Trisha Stachowski
Arts & Entertainment Editor

The Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo I will be performing a concert in the Figliulo Recital Hall on Friday, Sep. 30.

According to Dr. John Paulson, director of both the Jazz Ensemble and Combo I, the groups have been preparing for this concert since the start of the school year. “We’ve got our selections pretty well picked out,” said Paulson. “Jazz Combo I is going to start things off with three selections and then the [Jazz Ensemble] has five or six that it will play.”

The jazz groups have been involved with Family Weekend since Paulson started teaching at SMU 30 years ago, and “it was going on before then, so probably since the beginning of the music department,” said Paulson.

“We had a good crowd during Family Weekend [last year],” said SMU sophomore Katy Kosiek. “Usually we perform in the Page so it was a very confined space for Family Weekend, but it was good.” Kosiek, a member of both the Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo I, will be playing solos during both performances. Kosiek said the audience of last year’s concert was a good mix of students, siblings and parents of the students performing.

Tickets for the concert are $5 for seniors and students and $10 for adults. Tickets can be purchased at the Page Theatre.

In addition to the Family Weekend concert, The Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo I will be teaming up with the jazz groups from Winona State University for a concert to benefit Somalia. It will be held at Signatures Event Center in Winona on Thursday, Oct. 13 at 7 p.m.

Said Paulson, “Its an idea I got to do for a fundraiser for Somalia. There’s so much starvation and suffering and I just couldn’t stand it. I usually try to get the groups off campus at least once before our concert in December.” For more information, on the benefit concert, visit the Signatures website at

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