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2005.02.03 > For Immediate Release
contact: Teresa Gleason - University Affairs
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: tmgleason@mail.unomaha.edu

Ecoutez! Continues Feb. 19 with Bobby Shew

Omaha – The 2004-05 Ecoutez! series at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) continues Saturday, Feb. 19, with jazz trumpeter Bobby Shew.  The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall on the UNO campus.

"This series is committed to bringing the highest calibre of established performers and emerging artists to the metropolitan area," said Roger Foltz, a professor of music at UNO and coordinator of the series.  The word "ecoutez" is French for "listen."  KVNO Classical 90.7 FM is the media sponsor for the series.

Shew is appearing at UNO in conjunction with the 33rd annual UNO Great Plains Jazz Festival.  Born in Albuquerque, N.M., he began playing trumpet professionally as a teenager.  Shew has performed with many of the most prominent jazz artists, including the Tommy Dorsey Band, Woody Herman's Thundering Herd, vocalist Della Reese and the Buddy Rich big band.  One of his albums, "Outstanding in His Field," was nominated for a Grammy in 1980.  Another, "Heavy Company," was awarded the Jazz Album of the Year in 1983.  Today, Shew maintains a busy performance schedule throughout the United States and Europe.

The remainder of the 2004-05 Ecoutez! performance schedule is as follows:

Tuesday, April 5

Alexander Fiterstein, clarinet

Born in Minsk in the former Soviet Union, Alexander Fiterstein and his family emigrated to Israel when Alexander was two.  He has studied at the Israel Arts and Science Academy, and received his high school diploma from the Interlochen Arts Academy.  Fiterstein received a bachelor's degree and a graduate diploma from the Juilliard School, where he worked with Charles Neidich.

All Ecoutez! performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall on the UNO campus.  The doors will open 30 minutes prior to each concert.  

Individual tickets are $15 for each performance.  All students are admitted free of charge with identification.  Phone reservations for student tickets are recommended.

For more information, call (402) 554-3427.

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