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Sammons Center for the Arts Presents Annual Artistic Director’s Concert

Sammons Jazz Artistic Director and Steinway Artist Arlington Jones

Sammons Jazz Artistic Director and Steinway Artist Arlington Jones

Artistic Director’s Concert: The Music I Love
Sammons Art Center
May 7, 2014 at 7 p.m.

Sammons Jazz Artistic Director and Steinway Artist Arlington Jones leads the Sammons Jazz Piano Trio and the Sammons Jazz Chamber Orchestra in the annual “Artistic Director’s Concert: The Music I Love” on Wednesday, May 7. The concert, the spring season finale, begins at 7:30 p.m. in Meadows Hall; doors open at 7:00 p.m.

The opening set by the Sammons Jazz Piano Trio, with Arlington Jones on piano, former Sammons Jazz Artistic Director James Gilyard on bass, and 2004 Sammons Jazz Artist of the Year Andrew Griffith on drums, plays Jones’ leading selections from jazz piano greats such as Oscar Peterson, Gene Harris, and Mary Lou Williams.

Piano, percussion, and strings come together for the second set by the Sammons Jazz Chamber Orchestra. Joining Jones in the orchestra to perform his arrangements and original works are jazz harpist and 2005 Sammons Jazz Artist of the Year Cindy Horstman, violinist and artistic director of the Fort Worth Chamber Music Society Gary Levinson, drummer Stockton Helbing, and bassist Braylon Lacy.

Sammons Jazz is celebrating 25 years of showcasing both well-known and up-and-coming local jazz performers. Each Sammons Jazz concert starts at 7:30 p.m. and consists of two sets, with an intermission between sets. Doors to the Sammons Center’s Meadows Hall open at 7:00 p.m. Tickets cost $40 per person per concert and include free valet parking, beverages, and a light dinner. Seating is general admission. Sammons Jazz members receive a $5 discount per concert; annual membership fees begin at $35. For tickets or membership information, call (214) 520-7789. All major credit cards are accepted.

Sammons Jazz is sponsored by A Fiore Catering, Ben E. Keith Co., Frost Bank, and Preferred Parking with additional support provided by the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, TACA, the Texas Commission on the Arts, Target, and Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld.

About Sammons Center for the Arts

The Sammons Center for the Arts was founded in 1981 to renovate the historic Turtle Creek Pump Station, built in 1909 at 3630 Harry Hines Boulevard, and operate it as a multipurpose arts center. After two years of renovation, the Center opened March 1, 1988. A 501(c)(3) organization, the Center provides low-cost office, rehearsal, performance and meeting space as well as administrative resources to arts organizations representing every discipline. It is home to 12 arts organizations and serves more than 50 other arts and community organizations. For more information, call (214) 520-7789 or visit www.sammonsartcenter.org

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