March 12, 2014
The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra and New York Voices came together in Pittsburgh in 1996 to record a live album. The big band and the vocal quartet get together in Pennsylvania again—at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 3, in Penn State’s Eisenhower Auditorium—seeking to re-create the magic that won them a 1997 Grammy Award.
Tickets for the Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State presentation are $45 for an adult, $15 for a University Park student and $35 for a person 18 and under. Buy tickets online at www.cpa.psu.edu or by phone at 814-863-0255. Outside the local calling area, dial 1-800-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.
Pianist and bandleader William “Count” Basie died in 1984, but the big band that carries his name and upholds his legacy of Kansas City-style swing still sizzles under the direction of Scotty Barnhart. A trumpet soloist with the orchestra for 20 years, Barnhart leads a big band that’s garnered 18 Grammys—the most of any jazz orchestra.
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