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Jazz Ensemble Plays Music of the Silver Screen

KEENE, N.H., 11/30/09 - The Keene State College Jazz Ensemble, conducted by KSC artist-in-residence Don Baldini, will perform “Music of the Silver Screen” in a concert on Wednesday, Dec. 9, at 7:30 p.m. at the Redfern Arts Center on Brickyard Pond. Admission is $10 for the general public and $5 for KSC students, senior citizens, and youth ages 17 and younger. Tickets are available through the box office at 603-358-2168 or online at

The Ensemble will perform tunes from famous movies over the decades. Guest artist and tenor saxophonist Frank Newton of Amherst, Mass., will be a featured soloist.

The concert will include “Somewhere Out There” from Stormy Weather, “Over the Rainbow” and “Ding-Dong! The Witch is Dead” from The Wizard of Oz, “I Can’t Stop Loving You” from Blazing Saddles, the theme from Summer of ‘42, and “Soul Bossa Nova” from Austin Powers, as well as many other movie tunes.

Baldini came to KSC after appearing for 13 years with The Tonight Show Orchestra and touring with Frank Sinatra, Johnny Mathis, Peggy Lee, and the Harry James and Toshiko Akiyoshi/Lew Tabakin bands. Baldini currently appears with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, Opera North, and several local chamber music and jazz groups. In addition to conducting the KSC Jazz Band, he also directs the KSC Chamber Orchestra.

Lester Franklin (Frank) Newton II played saxophone and clarinet for the U.S. Navy for six years where he was a staff arranger, clinician, jazz soloist, and band leader. Newton is a recent graduate of University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and maintains a busy freelance performance, teaching, and writing career.

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