Utah’s Crescent Super Band has done something no other Utah band has done: nabbed an invite for an evening concert at Carnegie Hall. But they will need the help and support of Utahns to be able to get there.
Caleb Chapman, the band’s director, explains how Utahns can help send the band to New York thanks to some concerts and a new Christmas CD.
It’s the Big Apple or bust for 80 of Utah’s most talented high school musicians from Caleb Chapman’s Crescent Super Band. And KSL viewers can help them achieve this once-in-a-lifetime dream of performing in New York’s famed Carnegie Hall in May, 2013 by buying their brand new Christmas CD or attending one of their December concerts.
The band needs $300,000 to cover travel expenses. For every $20 CD sold of A Crescent Christmas, $13 goes to one of the student musicians.
CDs can be purchased by going to www.legacymusicalliance.org. The band will also be performing Christmas favorites at three concerts around the state: December 10 in Logan at Utah State University’s Kent Concert Hall; December 11 at Snow College’s Eccles Center for the Performing Arts and December 17 at Orem High School. Tickets are $10 for general admission, $8 for seniors and students and $35 for a family of four or more. Tickets can be purchased at the three concert venues. The concerts start at 7:30 p.m.
The Crescent Super Band has been recognized as the best youth big band in the country by Downbeat Magazine and is a six-time winner – in consecutive years – of the coveted “Best of State” award in Utah, including being honored as the top group in the major Arts and Entertainment category. The band has performed at the Sweet Rhythm Jazz Club in New York, the Tuscany Jazz Festival in Italy and the Telluride Jazz Festival in Colorado as well as many other U.S. and international venues.
The Crescent Super Band received an invitation to perform at Carnegie Hall from the Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY), a production company known as a talent-incubator and star maker presenting world-class music entertainment. Jonathan Griffin, DCINY artistic director and principal conductor, said in his invitation to the band this summer, the selection was based on the “quality and high level of musicianship demonstrated by the ensemble and the exceptional recommendation given by Mr. Chapman’s colleagues.” Two other Chapman Music bands – the Latin ensemble, La Onda Caribeña and the jump-swing band, the Voodoo Orchestra – will also join the Crescent Super Band in New York.
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