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2012.05.25 > For Immediate Release
contact: Charley Reed - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2129 - email: cdreed@unomaha.edu

UNO Jazz Camp to Feature Concerts by Jim Widner

Omaha - The Jim Widner Big Band will provide plenty of excitement for this year’s jazz camp put on by the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Department of Music. The camp will run from Sunday, June 17 to Friday, June 22.

Held annually, the UNO Jazz Camp brings in middle school, high school and college students, as well as adults, to learn techniques practiced by the world’s premier jazz musicians.

As part of camp festivities, the Jim Widner Big Band will perform five concerts throughout the week, at 8 p.m. every night except for Wednesday. Widner is a 40-year veteran of the music industry and current Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Missouri – St. Louis.

The Friday, June 22 concert will be particularly memorable as students from the camp will be the opening act for the Jim Widner Big Band. The students will perform starting at 6:30 p.m. All performances will take place in the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall on the UNO campus. A $10 ticket will provide access to any and all of these concerts throughout the week.

The rest of the campus will include seminars on everything from training your ears to listen to music to improvisation. Instructors for the camp come from all over the country and have decades of professional experience.

For more information on the camp, visit http://www.unojazzcamp.com or contact Director of Jazz Studies Pete Madsen at petermadsen@unomaha.edu.

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