Department of Music

Jazz Ensembles Kick Off ArtsFusion 2006 at Lyric Theater

The University Jazz Ensembles present ?At the Edge,? a concert celebrating the spirit of bold creativity and world fusion that is the hallmark of the innovative Arts Fusion at Virginia Tech. Under the direction of Dr. James Miley, the Jazz Ensembles will present a concert of new music for jazz ensemble on Wednesday, April 19, 2006, at 8:00 pm in downtown Blacksburg?s Lyric Theater.

The program will feature original compositions by composers from the cutting edge of jazz, including new works by Virginia-based composers Charles Dotas (Harrisonburg, VA) and Blacksburg?s own James Miley. In addition to the focus on newer material, the band will also present several classics from the jazz catalog, including Thad Jones?s ?Three and One,? Charles Mingus?s ?Self-Portrait in Three Colors,? and a wonderfully skewed new look at Miles Davis?s seminal jazz composition ?All Blues.?

The Virginia Tech Jazz Combo (Steven Kyriakides, trumpet; Cory Perdue, tenor sax; AJ Rolling, piano; Dave Stewart, bass; Nathan Alexander, drums) will open the performance.

Tickets may be purchased at the door and are $3 for students and senior citizens, and $5 for the general public.

Arts Fusion 2006, the third annual week-long celebration of the arts on campus and in the local community, will be held April 19 ? 25. Arts Fusion 2006 includes over 75 events in music, art, theatre, dance, film and writing, and is sponsored by the School of the Arts, the departments of Theatre Arts, Music, Art & Art History, and English, and the Graduate Arts Council.

The overarching goal for Arts Fusion is to provide an opportunity for the campus and community to come together through a celebration of the arts. Arts Fusion strives to include events that appeal to a wide range of audiences, from chamber music to jazz, street theatre to fully-staged performances, children?s art workshops to gallery exhibitions, student film festivals to popular movies, and tap performances to DJ dance nights.

For a complete listing of ArtsFusion 2006 events, visit or contact (540) 231-5200.

For more information on University Jazz Ensembles and other upcoming events in Music at Virginia Tech, please call 540-231-5685 or visit