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GMU JAZZ ENSEMBLE & THE FAIRFAX LAW FOUNDATION PRESENT 7TH ANNUAL JAZZ FOR JUSTICE CONCERT
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY JAZZ ENSEMBLE
& THE FAIRFAX LAW FOUNDATION
7TH ANNUAL JAZZ FOR JUSTICE
Friday, Nov. 21, 2008 at 8 p.m.
Geoffrey Gallante, Special Guest Soloist
Kenny Rittenhouse, Featured Artist
Edward L. Weiner, Special Guest Conductor
James R. Carroll, Director
FAIRFAX, Va., Nov. 11, 2008 – The George Mason University Jazz Ensemble and the Fairfax Law Foundation present the 7th Annual Jazz for Justice concert at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts Concert Hall on Friday, Nov. 21 at 8 p.m. The ensemble, led by director Jim Carroll, performs with incredible eight-year-old trumpet prodigy Geoffrey Gallante and his teacher, trumpet virtuoso and Mason trumpet professor Kenny Rittenhouse. Edward L. Weiner, very special guest and founder of the event, will guest conduct. The proceeds from Jazz for Justice benefit the charitable endeavors of the Fairfax Law Foundation, including supporting students in Mason’s Jazz Studies program.
The Mason Jazz Ensemble will perform compositions by Ellington, Goodwin, Baylock, Rittenhouse, Hefti and Basie. The program for the evening includes a selection of favorites such as “Mack the Knife,” “April in Paris,” “Body and Soul” and Duke Ellington’s “Portrait of Louis Armstrong” and “Rockin’ in Rhythm.”
“The Fairfax Law Foundation provides a valuable contribution to the Fairfax community through its programs educating young people on the justice system and its pro bono work,” Jim Carroll said. “Our Jazz Ensemble is delighted to partner with the Foundation year after year, and we’re thrilled to perform this year with such a gifted young musician as Geoffrey.”
Special guest soloist Geoffrey Gallante first picked up the trumpet at age four. At eight years old, his credits include The Washington Post, BBC radio, CBS’s “The Early Show,” NBC’s “Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and NBC’s “The Today Show.” Gallante possesses the kind of musical giftedness seldom seen among such a rarefied and exclusive group as child musical prodigies. He has performed for and with other jazz luminaries including fellow trumpet players Phil Driscoll, Arturo Sandoval, Hugh Masekela, Maynard Ferguson and even the preeminent jazz musician of our time, Wynton Marsalis. He has had guest solo appearances with Washington Symphonic Brass, Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra, the U.S. Army Blues Jazz Ensemble and the 257th U.S. Army Band, and he has performed the national anthem at professional sports venues across the country.
Trumpeter Kenny Rittenhouse had led his own jazz quartet for the past 14 years, performing in venues in the Washington, D.C. area. He earned a bachelor’s degree in jazz studies from West Virginia Wesleyan College, and studied at The Eastman School of Music and Duquesne University before graduating from University of Maryland with a degree in jazz performance. Since 1990, Rittenhouse has been a member of the United States Army Band in Washington, D.C., and he currently performs with the Army Blues Jazz Ensemble.
Special guest conductor Edward L. Weiner initiated the Jazz for Justice program in 2002 and debuted as a guest conductor at the 2004 concert. He has also appeared as a guest conductor with Mason’s Symphony Orchestra. Weiner is a member of the Arts at Mason Board. The president of the Fairfax Law Foundation, Weiner is also a founder and senior partner of the Fairfax law firm Weiner, Rohrstaff & Spivey, PLC. In addition to Jazz for Justice, Weiner founded the Annual Law Day Weiner Roast, another foundation for the Fairfax Law Foundation. He serves as the National Fundraising Chairman of the Recurrent Respiratory Papillomatosis Foundation, and a member of the Partnership for Youth and the Rotary Club.
The Fairfax Law Foundation, an affiliate of the Fairfax Bar Association, was created in 1982 as a 501© (3) organization in order to conduct educational and charitable activities in support of the Fairfax community. The organization provides educational programs for area youth about the adverse legal and medical effects of drug and alcohol abuse; arranges courthouse tours with education about the judicial system for junior high students in Fairfax County; operates the Pro Bono Program, which provides legal services for Fairfax County residents who cannot afford legal services; and holds programs to counsel at-risk youth and victims of domestic violence.
Tickets for Jazz for Justice are $20 adults, $15 students/seniors, and a limited number of tickets are free for students with a valid Mason ID. 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
The College of Visual and Performing Arts exists to create an academic environment in which the arts may be considered both as individual disciplines and as interdisciplinary forms that strengthen each other. Believing that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, the College draws on a variety of professional presenting and producing units where artists from across the country and around the world regularly perform, give master classes, work with students during extended residencies and interact with the community in a variety of other ways. These programs at the Center for the Arts Concert Hall, TheaterSpace, Galleries, Harris Theater and other venues, provide a diverse selection of challenging and entertaining cultural experiences for the University community, as well as Northern Virginia and the greater Washington, D.C. area. The College houses four academic departments: Art and Visual Technology, Dance, Music and Theater.
About George Mason University
George Mason University, located in the heart of Northern Virginia’s technology corridor near Washington, D.C., is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in a range of academic fields. With strong undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering, information technology, biotechnology and health care, Mason prepares its students to succeed in the work force and meet the needs of the region and the world. Mason professors conduct groundbreaking research in areas such as cancer, climate change, information technology and the biosciences, and Mason’s Center for the Arts brings world-renowned artists, musicians and actors to its stage. Its School of Law is recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top 35 law schools in the United States.