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September 21, 2020

West Chester University’s Criterions Jazz Ensemble to Present Virtual Concert on Friday, September 25th

West Chester University’s Wells School of Music will continue to delight and entertain
audiences with dozens of FREE virtual performances this fall. Livestream links are
available by clicking on each event in the campus arts event calendar at www.wcupa.edu/arts, allowing audiences from around the world to enjoy concerts from the comfort of their own homes.

Beginning this Friday, September 25 at 7:30 p.m., the link to the Wells School of
Music’s esteemed Criterions Jazz Ensemble concert will be available. This concert
is the first under the new Director of Jazz Studies, Jonathan Ragonese, and this concert
and other large ensemble concerts will be pre-recorded from Asplundh Hall in the Philips
Memorial Building to meet current aerosolization and distance guidelines for ensemble
music playing.

Remaining constant is the ensemble’s signature big-band sound and their commitment
to jazz standards, but audiences may also note masked instrumentalists, increased
space between band members, horn covers, and plexiglass screens onstage.

Ragonese says, “It has been a tremendous thing to witness our students finding joy
in music-making again. West Chester University and the Wells School of Music’s administrations
have made incredible investments of time and resources to make our school and performance
spaces safe for music-making.”

The program includes Oliver Nelson’s “Emancipation Blues”, John Coltrane’s “Syeeda’s
Song Flute” and Thelonious Monk’s “Round Midnight” (arranged by Ragonese himself),
among others.

The Criterions Jazz Ensemble concert is the first of many virtual events on-tap this
fall from the Wells School of Music. The calendar through the end of October also

Thursday, October 1, 2020 at noon – Madeleine Wing Adler Concert Series – Keyboard

Thursday, October 1, 2020 at 8 p.m. – Wind Ensemble Concert, Andrew Yozviak, Director

Thursday, October 15, 2020 at 8:15 p.m. – Symphony Orchestra Concert, Joseph Caminiti,

Sunday, October 18, 2020 at 3 p.m. – Faculty Recital Series, the Dalí Quartet

Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 8 p.m. – Wind Symphony Concert, M. Gregory Martin,

Friday, October 30, 2020 at 8:15 p.m. – Fall Choral Festival, David P. DeVenney &
Ryan Kelly, Directors

This press release was produced by West Chester University. The views expressed here are the author’s own.

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