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Music’s Gaines to headline 360° Thursdays lecture, concert on jazz styles March 28

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UW-Green Bay Music will present the next installment in its popular new 360° Thursdays lecture and concert series March 28, welcoming Associate Prof. Adam Gaines for a session on exploring jazz styles.

The event will kick off at 6:30 p.m. in Fort Howard Hall at UW-Green Bay’s Weidner Center for the Performing Arts. True to the 360° Thursdays format, Gaines will offer a pre-show lecture before entertaining the audience with a jazz concert. Admission is free but donations are appreciated.

Gaines is a trumpeter who directs the University’s Jazz II and New Music ensembles and teaches Trumpet Studio, Jazz History and Brass Techniques. He is a member of the UW-Green Bay Faculty Jazz Combo, which will join Gaines during the concert for a number of standards, displaying the myriad ways they can be manipulated and modified to fit a plethora of jazz tastes and styles.

“Standards are songs that have become staples of the jazz repertoire, and as such are used as the basis of the language that jazz musicians speak when dealing with each other on the bandstand,” Gaines said. “A jazz musician can go around the world and sit down to play a standard with a musician he or she just met and make an instant connection through a well-worn and familiar melody.”

The jazz styles concert is the fourth installment of the innovative new 360° Thursdays series, a component of UW-Green Bay’s new 360° of Learning brand. The 360° theme reflects UW-Green Bay’s unique approach that enables students to explore their education from a variety of angels, dimensions — and ultimately, possibilities. The 360° Thursdays series does this by helping students, faculty, staff and community members connect with music in more meaningful ways. Performances feature scintillating and provocative pre-concert discussions by a composer, performer or arranger. Attendees will consider a single aspect of the music through multiple perspectives.

The 360° Thursdays series features a diversity of performance styles designed to broaden attendees’ horizons and deepen their understanding of music. The other scheduled performances for the semester are as follows, with each taking place at 6:30 p.m. in Fort Howard Hall.

April 18: Form and thematic manipulation in music: Lecture-recital with UW-Green Bay Associate Prof. John Salerno.

May 2: Premieres and miniatures: UW-Green Bay Assistant Prof. Michelle McQuade Dewhirst offers insights on new works. UW-Green Bay faculty members perform music written by and for the UW-Green Bay community.

UW-Green Bay is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of music. More information about 360° Thursdays is available at http://www.uwgb.edu/music/360-thursdays.asp. More information about UW-Green Bay Music is available at www.uwgb.edu/music.

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