Nov. 8 Concert To Celebrate The 60th Birthday Of David Felder

12th Annual Jazz 4 JusticeĀ© Concert Creates Unique Partnership Between Education, Music and Law

8. The concert, to be held from 8-10 p.m. in the Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Auditorium of the Burchfield Penney Art Center, 1300 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo, will be presented by UBs Robert and Carol Morris Center for 21st Century Music and A Musical Feast, the resident musical ensemble at the Burchfield Penney Art Center. The concert will feature eight Felder compositions written between 1986 and 2013 and performed by soloists and ensembles of the highest rank, including faculty members of the UB Department of Music. Tickets are $10 for Burchfield Penney members and students and $20 for non-members. Tickets are available online at http://www.burchfieldpenney.org/events/event:11-08-2013-8-00pm-a-musical-feast-wishes-david-felder-a-very-happy-60th-birthday/ . Call 716-878-6011 during gallery hours for further information. The program will open with the world premiere of a new version of Felders Boxman (1986, 2013), performed by French hornist Adam Unswurth, associate professor of horn and chair of winds and percussion at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance, who has held horn seats with a number of important American orchestras. The piece originally was written for amplified solo trombone with electronics. Virtuosic violinist Yuki Numata Resnick, assistant professor of music at UB, will perform Felders 1987 composition Another Face for solo violin. It will be followed by the world premiere of TweenerB (1991, 2013), a follow-up to the popular Felder work first presented in 1991. Here it will feature well-known percussionist Tom Kolor, highly in demand as a chamber musician and a member of the UB percussion faculty. November Sky (1992), a Felder composition for flutist doubling piccolo, alto and bass flutes, and electronic sounds will follow. The performance will feature flutist Emi Ferguson, hailed by critics for her tonal bloom and hauntingly beautiful performances. She has performed with major composers, conductors and performers, including the American Classical Orchestra, and at Ground Zero for the 10th anniversary memorial of 9/11 with YoYo Ma, Paul Simon and James Taylor.

Concert review: Ian Anderson at Place des Arts

After that, it surfaced on stage only in edited versions – until last year when Anderson worked up the whole opus again with his current band. He was, by then, the only original Jethro Tull member involved. Tuesday night’s 50-minute performance of the classic-rock staple was pulled off marvelously – although it was apparent from the opening moments that Anderson would struggle heroically, but unsuccessfully, with the higher notes. An even poorer-than-usual sound mix in the generally dodgy concert hall only served to bury whatever presence his voice had. It was, therefore, a blessing that the Tull chief ceded half the vocals to 30-year-old Ryan O’Donnell, who also provided lighthearted antics. Apart from the problematic pipes, however, Anderson was firing on all cylinders, demonstrating impressive physical stamina and the light, lyrical touches on flute that have always made the Tull sound so distinctive. The rest of the band – drummer Scott Hammond, guitarist Florian Opahle, keyboard player John O’Hara and bassist David Goodier – did an admirable job of breathing new life into the decades-old rock-radio staple, which (revisionists be damned!) remains a delight from start to finish. Perhaps not surprisingly, the band sounded even more aggressive in their attack on the record’s recent sequel, TAAB 2. Whether that’s because they actually played on that album (Opahle, O’Donnell and Hammond were not yet born when TAAB came out) or because it comes with less baggage is a moot point. It was – and is – an excellent piece of work in its own right. Concerns that the audience would be less receptive to the second set proved unfounded: the fans – including the two dozen women in attendance – cheered it on with the same enthusiasm they had voiced in the opening half.

David Felder

This concert benefits the charitable endeavors of the Fairfax Law Foundation and the Music Scholarship Fund at GMU. This years’ concert will showcase “Nothin’ but the Blues”. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20131016/PH98320-b ) Jazz 4 Justice , the Fairfax Law Foundation’s annual fund-raiser for its charitable services, will feature top jazz musicians and ensembles from George Mason University and the community. The scholarships made possible by the generous donations of Jazz 4 Justice have brought a higher level of talent to the Jazz Department. According to Professor Jim Carroll , “The partnership between George Mason University and the Fairfax Law Foundation is a tribute to what can be accomplished when we join hands. We are indebted to the Law Foundation for its support of our music programs and students.” The Music Scholarship fund at GMU assists students who would otherwise be unable to graduate without the financial aid provided. Dustin Mollock, a graduate of the GMU Music Program said that “Thanks to the scholarship I received from Jazz 4 Justice I was able to complete my degree in Jazz Studies at George Mason University and am now a Teaching Fellow at the University of North Texas.” “We’re pleased to be able to showcase some very talented local artists and to support the Foundation’s critical educational and charitable programs all in one very festive evening,” said Edward L. Weiner , President of the Fairfax Bar Association. Jazz 4 Justice was Mr. Weiner’s brainchild back in 2000 when he was attending a recital at the GMU Department of Music. He was impressed by the music, but distressed by the small audience. As a Past President of the Fairfax Law Foundation, he saw an opportunity for these two organizations to work together. Over the years, the Jazz 4 Justice has raised more than $150,000 for the Fairfax Law Foundation. The Fairfax Law Foundation, the charitable arm of the Fairfax Bar Association, provides an array of educational and charitable services that benefit the Northern Virginia community. It operates a Pro Bono Program that provides legal services for Fairfax County residents who are less privileged, Wills on Wheels, the Fairfax Public Law Library, programs for victims of domestic violence, and various educational programs for Fairfax County students including court tours for all eighth grade students in the County and counseling for at-risk teens. This event has received an award from the American Bar Association as well as an award from the Virginia State Bar for being an innovative fundraising program. Because of Jazz 4 Justice’s success at George Mason University, other universities and local bar associations are being encouraged to foster this unique partnership between education, music, and law.