Jazz Orchestra to perform with Opera Creole Wednesday


The Northwestern State University will perform along with Opera Créole Wednesday, Nov. 11 at 7:30 p.m. in Magale Recital Hall. Admission is free and open to the public. Associate Professor of Music Galindo Rodriguez conducts the NSU Jazz Orchestra.

Opera Créole is a group dedicated to researching and performing lost or rarely performed music and sharing with the community the contributions of Creole people to this musical art form in New Orleans and around the world.

Opera Créole’s singers are professional artists, educators and international soloists with roots in New Orleans, “America’s First City of Opera.” Members of the ensemble have recently been featured in solo roles in New Orleans Opera’s productions of “Madama Butterfly,” “Samson et Dalila,” “Il Trovatore,” “Salome” and “Porgy and Bess.” They were recently artists in residence at Illinois State University. Members of Opera Créole are part of the New Orleans Opera Chorus.

The NSU Jazz Orchestra will perform works by “The Heat’s On” by Sammy Nestico, “It’s A Heavy Town” by Donald Byrd and arranged by Mitch Farber featuring Kazue Seo on flugelhorn, “A Time for Love” by Paul Francis Webster and Johnny Mandel and arranged by Nestico, “All of Me” by Seymour Simons and Gerald Marks and arranged by Lennie Niehaus and featuring Giovanna Joseph on vocals and “Mack the Knife” by Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht and arranged by Eric Burger.