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February 11, 2010

Winter Jazz | Violinist will perform at arts center

BY RUTH RICE

RRICE@TRIBDEM.COM

One of the most popular contemporary violinists in modern music is bringing her energetic, exhilarating show to the area.

Winter Jazz featuring Regina Carter will be presented at 7 p.m. March 6 at Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center on Pitt-Johns-town’s campus in Richland Township.

Proceeds from the performance benefit the Blackington Endowment, which provides funding that enables the arts center to present artists throughout the season.

Michael Bodolosky, executive director of the arts center, explained that the Blackington Endowment was started in the ’90s in honor of former Pitt-Johnstown president Frank H. Blackington III.

“The endowment has brought shows like ‘Nunsense’ with Sally Struthers, ‘Ain’t Misbehavin’ ’ with Ruben Studdard and ‘Hairspray’ this year,” Bodolosky said.

“It provides an opportunity to bring world- class entertainment at affordable prices.”

Proceeds from Winter Jazz will go to the endowment, which has been spearheaded by Mark Pasquerilla since its inception.

Winter Jazz has brought Dave Brubeck, Wynton Marsalis and Arturo Sandoval to the arts center.

“The program this year is being made available in part by a grant from the Mid- Atlantic Arts Foundation, a part of the National Endowment for the Arts,” Bodolosky said.

Bodolosky, who has seen Carter perform, described her as phenomenal.

“She’s doing new material from ‘Reverse Thread,’ but I hope she will do something from the standard jazz literature,” he added.

Carter, a virtuoso violinist who is on a mission to make a meaningful musical contribution on her own terms, will perform selections from her new CD “Reverse Thread,” which will be released in May, for her performance at Pasquerilla.

“Reverse Thread” is a collection of infectious African folk melodies in a beautiful, contemporary interpretation as only Carter can provide.

The album features new material from Carter and some of her earlier repertoire as well as music from the African Diaspora, including music from Mali and Senegal.

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