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Some of the United States’ most talented, young jazz musicians will perform at free Wisconsin Union Theater-hosted event Aug. 7

Posted: 07/18/22

Some of the United States’ most talented, young jazz musicians will perform at free Wisconsin Union Theater-hosted event Aug. 7

Carnegie Hall’s National Jazz Youth Orchestra (NYO Jazz) will perform on the Shannon Hall stage at Memorial Union in Madison on Aug. 7 at 7 p.m. as part of Wisconsin Union Theater’s summer jazz offerings. 

Seating is available on a first come, first served basis, and no tickets are required. 

The performance features some of the most talented jazz musicians, ages 16-19, from across the United States, who take part in a music education program at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute with training from world-class jazz musicians. The ensemble includes a fellow Midwesterner and trumpeter Levi Rozek of Noblesville, Indiana.

The NYO Jazz program debuted in 2018 and provides young jazz musicians with free musical training as well as the role of serving as cultural ambassadors for the United States in sharing the American musical genre jazz through touring. 

Sean Jones, a renowned trumpeter, bandleader, and composer, will lead NYO Jazz. Award-winning, GRAMMY Award-nominated, jazz singer and songwriter Jazzmeia Horn will perform alongside the Orchestra at Shannon Hall. 

“This NYO Jazz performance on Aug. 7 is a chance to hear jazz legends in-the-making. These are some of the best young jazz musicians in the country,” Wisconsin Union Theater Director Elizabeth Snodgrass said. “We have such a strong supportive community for students in the arts here on campus and in Madison, which aligns perfectly with the mission of Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute. Sean Jones leading the group and Jazzmeia Horn as guest soloist are icing on the cake.” 

The Wisconsin Union Theater 2022-23 season kicks off with a new Jazz Series including performances by: DOMi & JD Beck, Joel Ross Good Vibes, Cory Henry, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Samara Joy, and Immanuel Wilkins. Patrons can purchase a Jazz Series subscription to all six shows at a 20% discount online, by phone at (608) 265-2787, or in-person at the Memorial Union Box Office until Sept. 15. The team anticipates making Jazz Series single tickets and virtual attendance tickets available for sale here in August 2022. 

The Wisconsin Union Theater team works with the UW-Madison student-led Wisconsin Union Directorate (WUD) Performing Arts Committee to create Wisconsin Union Theater events. Ticket purchases and purchases at Memorial Union, Union South and the online Wisconsin Union Terrace Store help support the leadership development experiences offered through WUD as well as Wisconsin Union Theater programming. 

Patrons can click here to learn more about the NYO Jazz performance.

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