Upcoming music events at the Fine Arts Center: Steve Watson and Free Planet Radio

Saturday, January 31st, 7;00 pm

The Fine Arts Center is proud to present an evening of jazz with Steve Watson as we celebrate "Heat It Up," his second CD release. Join us in the Black Box Theatre located in the Fine Arts Center at 7:00 pm on Saturday, January 31.

Steve will be joined by Hazen Bannister (piano/organ/keyboards), Doug Norwine (saxophone), Greg Alewine (bass), and Big Tez Sherard (drums). In addition, two of his current FAC jazz students, Wendel Donald and Israel Taylor, will also be performing.

Friday, February 13th, 7:00 pm

Please join us for an evening with Free Planet Radio. This world music trio weaves Middle Eastern, Indian, and North African melodic and rhythmic structures and blends them expertly with the subtleties and harmonic vocabulary of Western classical music, underscored with the improvisatory element of Jazz. This evening promises a richly unique aural experience, which includes the exotic sliding string sounds of the Indian Dotar dancing around a pulsing Jazz Bass accented by the shimmering jingles of an Egyptian Riq Tambourine.

Free Planet Radio consists of Chris Rosser, exploring melody on a variety of Indian and Turkish stringed instruments, guitar, piano and melodica; River Guerguerian on an extensive array of global percussion instruments including Middle Eastern frame drums and doumbek, Latin American cajon, and Western drum set; and multiGrammy award-winning bassist Eliot Wadopian on electric and string basses, leaping effortlessly between rhythm and melody.

These artists emerged from three of the country's finest conservatories, and each has established himself in concert halls and studios, appearing on over 200 recordings and in 30 countries. Their immense individual talents have garnered worldwide recognition in performances from Carnegie Hall to the Hong Kong World Music Festival; from the Kennedy Center to the Madrid International Jazz Festival. These versatile musicians now unite their expansive talents, instruments, harmonies and rhythms to create their shared world vision; a phenomenal blending and harmony of global traditions in music.

Please join us for what promises to be a very special evening of music.

Tickets for each event:
$15 Adults | $7 Students
$5 FAC Students
Available at the door