NWU Jazz Choir Plans Area Tour Concert

Nebraska Wesleyan University’s jazz choir will kick off a spring break tour on Sunday, March 18. Concerts and clinics will be in Gothenburg and Scottsbluff in Nebraska, and Denver and Castle Rock in Colorado.

The concerts will include jazz standards including “Lullaby of Birdland” and “Cloudburst”, an arrangement of Paul Simon’s “Me and Julio Down by the School Yard”, a thick, lush arrangement of “Dancing in the Dark”, a warm version of “For All We Know”, made famous by the Carpenters.

A special feature for this tour is a group of Psalms in jazz style composed specifically for these concerts. They incorporate solo segments, the rhythm section, and a French horn. The six psalm settings are themed: Psalm 19-Preparation, Psalm 30-Invitation, Psalm 51 Lament, Psalm 96-All Creatures Sing, Psalm 84-House of Worship, and Psalm 100-Joyful Noise.

The ensemble — which is selected by audition — is under the direction of Boyd Bacon.

The tour schedule includes:

Sunday, March 18 — 7 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 1020 Lake Ave., Gothenburg, free-will offering.

Monday, March 19 — 7 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 2002 4th Ave., Scottsbluff, free-will offering.

Tuesday, March 20 — 7:30 p.m., Grace United Methodist Church, 4905 East Yale Ave., Denver, Colo., free-will offering.

Wednesday, March 21 — 7:30 p.m., Christ Episcopal Church, 615 4th Street, Castle Rock, Colo., free-will offering.

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