NMSA Jazz Ensemble. Courtesy/NMSA
The New Mexico School for the Arts Jazz Ensemble will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, in the Large Rehearsal Hall at the NMSA campus at the corner of East Alameda and Paseo de Peralta.
The NMSA Jazz Ensemble is comprised of 16 music and voice students under the direction of John Trentacosta and Bert Dalton. The concert is free and open to the public; donations accepted at the door.
Students will perform compositions by Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Bill Evans, Horace Silver, Mongo Santamaria, Ivan Lins, Nat Adderly, Sonny Rollins, and a vocal feature by Lambert, Hendricks, and Ross. The diverse instrumentation of the ensemble includes piano, bass, guitar, drums, percussion, vibes, oboe, trumpet, violins, cellos, and vocalists.
The performing musicians are Jason Duncan, Gavin Laur, Brass Burapa, Zar Kunde, John McCarthy, Telo Hoy, Adam Ulm, Annabella Farmer, Lila Baca, Bee Vozza, Ariana Thoksakis, Hanna Zercher, Maggie King, Genevieve Conley, Gabriella Ottersberg and Megan Weider.
NMSA was a recipient of the national Arts Schools Network Exemplary School Designation at their annual conference in Denver earlier this year, and has been graded an “A” school for the third year in a row from the New Mexico Public Education Department.
NMSA is now accepting applications for school year 2015-2016. The application cycle closes in mid-January, and information on admission policies and the application process can be found on its website, www.NMSchoolForTheArts.org.
NMSA provides access to a rigorous mastery arts and academic high school education for youth with passion and aptitude in the arts, leading to post-secondary learning, careers in the arts, and lives that contribute to society.
NMSA is a public/private partnership comprised of the NMSA-Art Institute, a nonprofit art educational institution, and NMSA-Charter School, a New Mexico state charter high school. NMSA’s purpose is to provide the highest standards of excellence in preparing New Mexico’s artistically talented students to compete in the national arena for post-secondary education and/or professional careers in the arts. NMSA offers pre-professional instruction in the performing and visual arts with rigorous academics leading to a high school diploma. NMSA is in the former St. Francis Cathedral School, 275 East Alameda in Santa Fe. For more information, visit www.NMSchoolForTheArts.org.