UNCSA Jazz at King Central Park

The award winning UNC School of the Arts Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Ron Rudkin, will present a free public performance on Sunday, April 30 beginning at 4pm at the King Central Park Amphitheatre, 302 Kirby Road in King.  The event is part of worldwide activities recognizing International Jazz Day, organized by UNESCO in 2011 to celebrate “the virtues of jazz as an educational tool, and a force for peace, unity, dialogue and enhanced cooperation among people.”  

The performance, sponsored by the Stokes County Arts Council and City of King, will offer a diverse musical program that includes selections such as Just Friends (Lewis/Klenner), Cat Walk (Mulligan), Pavane (Faure), Scrapple from the Apple (Parker), The Diver (Harris), Time Bomb (Taylor), and others.  

The UNC School of the Arts Jazz Ensemble has performed in concert jazz festivals, concert halls and events across the Southeast.  Director Ron Rudkin has led student jazz combos on summer tours in Europe as part of UNCSA’s former International Music Program, and for more than a decade directed all-star UNCSA alumni jazz groups and the UNCSA Jazz Ensemble at Manteo, NC as part the school’s summer festival series.

The event is free, with donations and concession sales supporting the Stokes County Arts Council College Scholarship Fund.  

For additional information, contact the Stokes County Arts Council at 336 593-8159 or visit stokesarts@embarqmail.com.