To The Moon and Back Again: SMSU Jazz Ensemble Performs One Last Time to End 2011-2012 Season

Kim Watkins, News Editor

To the moon and back again, the Southwest Minnesota State University Jazz Ensemble performed in their final concert on April 16, 2012 in the Fine Arts Theatre as a part of the Fine Arts Celebration.
The 14-member ensemble performed under the direction of Dr. John Ginocchio.
The members included saxophonists Jessica Matvick, Michael Gill, Justin Condelli, Austin Schmidt and Rebecca Schmidt; trumpeteers Rachel Frerich, Terr Louwagie and Kim Watkins; trombonists Maxx Louwagie and Andrew Schulz; guitarists Noah Anderson and Joseph Pfannschmidt; and pianists Katie Carter and Tyler Schoep.
The theme for the performance was “De Jazz Vu” with a variety of jazz numbers being played throughout the night.
The songs performed by the group included songs such as: “Fly Me to the Moon,” “Beneath an Orange Moon,” “It’s Only a Paper Moon,” “Night of the Living Chili Pepper,” and “Old Devil Moon.” These followed the night/moon jazz theme throughout the year.
The new songs performed at this concert included “Tanganova,” “Una Mas,” “Sometimes I Feel like a Motherless Child,” “Chunga’s Revenge,” “The Chacha What Gotcha,” “Until I met you,” and “Dance of Denial.”
Four of these songs were arranged by the jazz ensemble’s recent guest artist, Michael Philip Mossman, a jazz trumpeteer.
The Jazz Ensemble ended the night on a high note and will be back again in the fall.
Look for more events in the 2012 Fine Arts Celebration this month.
For more information about musical events or about joining the SMSU Jazz Ensemble, contact Dr. Ginocchio (537-7209) or look for information on SMSU’s website.