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Jazz Ensemble Celebrates Music of Richard Rodgers

KEENE, N.H. 11/5/02 - The Keene State College Jazz Ensemble will perform a tribute to Richard Rodgers, composer of The King and I, The Sound of Music, and other popular musicals, on Wednesday, Dec. 4, at 7:30 p.m. in the Main Theatre of the Redfern Arts Center on Brickyard Pond. Tickets are $7 for the general public and $5 for KSC faculty, staff, and students; senior citizens; and youth age 17 or younger. Call the box office at 603-358-2168.

Pam and Richard Clough, dancers from The Moving Company in Keene, will perform as the Jazz Ensemble plays Rodgerss classic Slaughter on Tenth Avenue. Pam also will dance a swing version of The Sugar Plum Fairy and Richard will step out to Neal Heftis Cute. Four years ago, the Cloughs were featured performers dancing to swing tunes with the Jazz Ensemble. Richard trained at the Fred Astaire Studio in Asheville, N.C., and has been teaching at The Moving Company for the past nine years. Pam, an amateur ballroom dancer, teaches fitness classes at The Moving Company.

Keene State artist-in-residence Don Baldini will direct the 18-member Jazz Ensemble. In addition to conducting the Jazz Ensemble, Baldini directs the KSC Chamber Orchestra. He came to Keene State after a professional career as a studio musician in Los Angeles. Baldini appeared for 13 years with the Tonight Show Orchestra and toured with Frank Sinatra, Johnny Mathis, Peggy Lee, and the Harry James and Toshiko-Akyoshi/Lew Tabakkin bands. He currently performs with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, the Dartmouth Symphony, Opera North, the Keene Chamber Orchestra, and several local chamber music and jazz groups.

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