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Brussels Jazz Orchestra Weds Music and Graphic Stories in March 19 Concert

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Brussels Jazz Orchestra, which co-performed the music for the Oscar-winning best picture “The Artist,” pays its first visit to Eisenhower Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 19, to perform some of the best songs by its musicians plus a work that marries big band music and graphic stories.

Belgium’s only professional jazz big band celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2013 with the release of “BJO’s Finest–Live,” an album of songs composed and arranged by members of the ensemble. The first set of the orchestra’s Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State concert offers music inspired by that recording.

After intermission, the orchestra performs “Graphicology,” its collaboration with Belgian graphic novelist Philip Paquet. The writer selected existing stories and created two new ones for the project. Six composers penned an accompanying soundtrack. The stories were edited into original videos that are projected on a large screen while the orchestra performs the soundtrack.

Tickets are $45 for an adult, $20 for a University Park student and $35 for a person 18 and under. Buy tickets online at or by phone at 814-863-0255. Outside the local calling area, dial 800-ARTS-TIX. Tickets are also available at four State College locations: Eisenhower Auditorium (weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.), Penn State Downtown Theatre Center (weekdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.), HUB-Robeson Center Information Desk (weekdays 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. when Penn State classes are in session) and Bryce Jordan Center (weekdays 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.). A grant from the University Park Allocation Committee makes Penn State student prices possible.

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