IUP Jazz Festival 2015

Posted on 4/22/2015 7:37:39 PM

The Department of Music at Indiana University of Pennsylvania presents the 15th annual IUP Jazz Festival. The festival will be held in Fisher Auditorium in the Performing Arts Center on the IUP campus on Saturday, May 2, beginning at 3:00 p.m. and will feature the IUP Jazz Band and the IUP Jazz Ensemble. The featured guest conductor for the concert is flautist Jim Walker. The IUP Jazz Band is led by Keith Young, professor of Saxophone. The IUP Jazz Ensemble is directed by Kevin Eisensmith, professor of Trumpet.

Jim WalkerFew other flutists in history have made such indelible marks in so many musical circles. Jim Walker’s star began to rise when he was named associate principal flute in the Pittsburgh Symphony after a stint playing in the U.S. Military Academy Band at West Point. After eight years in Pittsburgh, he won the principal flute position in the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

After seven successful seasons of performing, recording, and touring with the Philharmonic, Walker left the orchestra, diving into the world of jazz, studio recording, and a commitment to teaching.

Walker’s unique combination of vision and determination pushed his group, Free Flight, to multiple appearances on The Tonight Show and The Today Show and brought them a number-one record (Slice of Life).

Walker has taught hundreds of flutists. Many of them have gone on to successful orchestral careers, holding principal flute chairs in major symphonies from Phoenix to Boston to Beijing. Still others have careers in fields as varied as gospel music and arts administration. Walker’s creativity allows him to reach not only these students, but also others he never sees with his editions of flute masterworks on the Alfred Music Publications Young Artist Series.

Jim Walker is a performing artist for Burkart & Resona Flutes and Piccolos. His appearance at the IUP Jazz Festival has been made possible in part through a grant from Volkweins Music, Burkart Flutes, and support from the IUP College of Fine Arts and the IUP Department of Music.

Walker will present two clinics: the first will be on flute playing and will be presented on Friday evening, May 1, at 6:00 p.m. in DiCicco Hall (Rm. 121) in the Cogswell Music Building; the second will be regarding jazz improvisation and will be held in Fisher Auditorium on Saturday, May 2, beginning at 1:00 p.m. Both clinics are free and open to the general public.

Cost of tickets for the afternoon concert is $10 regular admission, $8 for senior citizens and students, and $6 with an I-Card.

For more information about this concert, please call the IUP Department of Music at (724) 357-2390.