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Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra, 2/17/06

January 22, 2007
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY CENTER FOR THE ARTS
WELCOMES BACK THE METROPOLITAN JAZZ ORCHESTRA
SWINGIN’ WITH THE MET!
Concert features the cream of the D.C. jazz crop:
Rick Whitehead, Charlie Young, Tom Williams, and many more,
including a crowd-pleasing repeat performance by trumpet prodigy
Geoffrey Gallante!
Saturday, February 17, 2007, 8PM



Fairfax, Virginia, January22, 2007—The Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra, homegrown at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts, and fast becoming the area’s favorite ensemble for jazz standards and swing music, performs the best of the Big Band Era in its Saturday, February 17, 2007 performance, Swingin’ with the Met! The curtain, at Mason’s Center for the Arts Concert Hall, is at 8:00 p.m., with a pre-performance discussion, free to ticketholders, beginning at 7:15 p.m. on the hall’s Grand Tier.
This journey through radio’s Golden Age includes classics like Artie Shaw’s “Clarinet Concerto,” Benny Goodman’s “Sing Sing Sing,” Benny Moten’s “Moten Swing,” Jimmy Lunceford’s “The Lunceford Touch,” Glenn Miller’s “In the Mood,” and, of course, repertoire from what Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra director Jim Carroll refers to as “the swingin’-est” big bands of all time: those of Count Basie and Duke Ellington.
Top D.C.-area jazz musicians who have lent their talents to the Orchestra in the past join forces here again, including Rick Whitehead, Charlie Young, Tom Williams, Harold Summey, Marty Nau, Scott Silbert, Rob Holmes, Kenny Rittenhouse, Wade Beach, and Matt Nies,




to name a few. The concert also includes another audience favorite: “Honorary Metropolitan Jazz Member,” six-year-old trumpet star and Northern Virginia native Geoffrey Gallante.

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Tickets for THE METROPOLITAN JAZZ ORCHESTRA—SWINGIN’ WITH THE MET! are $38, 430, $19. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit www.tickets.com. The Center for the Arts complex is located on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the deck adjacent to the mainstage Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university lot K. Visit www.gmu.edu/cfa