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2013.02.15 > For Immediate Release
contact: Charley Reed - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2129 - email: cdreed@unomaha.edu

Big Band Showcase, Album Release at UNO Feb. 22

Omaha - The talents of some of jazz’s skilled musicians will be on display Friday, Feb. 22 at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Strauss Performing Arts Center (SPAC) as the Jim Widner Big Band will perform a public concert.

The concert coincides with the release of the group’s latest album, which was recorded last summer during the UNO Jazz Camp. Members of the band will be on hand after the show for autographs.

The show, which begins at 8 p.m. in the SPAC Recital Hall is $10 for the general public; $5 for students and seniors; and free with a MavCard. Tickets can be purchased at the door.

The Jim Widner Band includes some of the top musicians from Los Angeles and New York, including members who have worked with Stan Kenton, Woody Herman and Maynard Ferguson.

The show is supported in part by an award from the Mid-America Arts Alliance (MAAA), the National Endowment for the Arts, the Nebraska Arts Council and foundations, corporations and individuals throughout Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas. MAAA is the nation’s oldest regional arts organization, formed in 1972 to foster cultural growth in heartland communities. The UNO College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media is also helping sponsor the event.

For more information on the show, contact Pete Madsen of the UNO Department of Music at 402.554.2297 or by email at petermadsen@unomaha.edu.

For more information on the Jim Widner Big Band, visit the group’s website at www.jimwidnerbigband.com.

For more information on the MAAA, visit www.maaa.org.

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