Mix in Store at Jazz, Wind Groups Concert
of Smith instrumentalists—and
a few vocalists—will come together for an
eclectic program on Wednesday, Nov. 18, when the Smith College Jazz Ensemble
and Wind Ensemble perform a range of works.
The ensembles’ annual fall concert,
at 7:30 p.m. in Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage, is free and
open to the public.
10 years old this fall, is a group of about 30 musicians.
Directed by Genevieve Rose, who also plays bass, the group
performs classic standards from the Big Band Era, such as
Blue Moon, Summertime, Georgia
on My Mind and many others.
The group performs at various college events throughout the
year, including the annual Jazz Brunch during Family Weekend, “Jazz
on the Lawn” each spring, as well as the spring Williams
College Jazz Festival.
Rose, a graduate of the University
of Massachusetts, has received numerous awards recognizing
her work, including the National Foundation for Advancement
of the Arts Honorable Mention Award and the UMass Citizen
Scholar Award. She performs nationally with various ensembles
performing music across an array of jazz genres, from swing
The Smith College
Wind Ensemble specializes in both standard and offbeat fare,
having performed pieces by Johann Sebastian Bach, but also
the Beatles, Aaron Copland, and John Phillip Sousa.
Ellen Redman, a classically trained flutist with a passion
for Celtic music, has performed as the piccolo player with
the Springfield Symphony since 1985. She also performs on
a freelance basis with the Boston Symphony and other ensembles.
Redman has received several honors, including the New York
Flute Club Young Artist Competition and the WFLN (Philadelphia)
Young Artist Competition. At Smith, Redman is the founder
and director of the Wailing Banshees, a group that specializes
in Irish tunes.