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2017–18 CALENDAR

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Spanish Brass Sep 24 | BRH | p. 4 Abraham.In.Motion Live! The Realest MC Sep 29 | MCT | p. 6

Oct Sergei Babayan, piano Oct 5 | BRH | p. 8

Nov CONTACT

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Fifth House Ensemble Journey LIVE Nov 8 | BCH | p. 10 Monty Alexander Harlem-Kingston Express Nov 18 | MCT | p. 12


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Sérgio & Odair Assad and Avi Avital Feb 16 | BRH | p. 22

Kurt Elling with The Swingles Dec 2 | MCT | p. 14

Philip Glass Ensemble KOYAANISQATSI Feb 23 | BCH | p. 24

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Chanticleer Soldier Jan 20 | BRH | p. 16

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Sancho: An Act of Remembrance Jan 25 & 26 | MCT | p. 18

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MUSICAL THRONES: A Parody Mar 8 | MCT | p. 26

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The University of Texas Symphony Orchestra Apr 3 | BCH | p. 30 Hubbard Street Dance Chicago Apr 11 | BCH | p. 32 The University of Texas Jazz Orchestra with Conrad Herwig Apr 14 | BRH | p. 34

Che Malambo Mar 27 | BCH | p. 28

Ezralow Dance OPEN Feb 1 | BCH | p. 20

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BCH Bass Concert Hall

MCT McCullough Theatre

BRH Bates Recital Hall

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“The versatile and creative programming of Spanish Brass breaks the boundaries between pop, classical, Latin and traditional music. Their repertoire includes Duke Ellington, Fats Waller, Chick Corea, Antônio Carlos Jobim, Paquito D’Rivera—not to mention Renaissance and Baroque masterpieces and pieces written especially for them by some of the world’s leading contemporary composers.” Topeka Capital-Journal i Since 1989, Spanish Brass has played over one hundred concerts each year around the world. 4


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September 24

7 pm • Bates Recital Hall

SPANISH BRASS Carlos Benetó, trumpet Juanjo Serna, trumpet Manolo Pérez, horn Inda Bonet, trombone Sergio Finca, tuba presented in partnership with the butler school of music brass faculty, the college of fine arts visiting artists chair, and kmfa-fm

Founded in 1989 by five Spanish musicians, Spanish Brass rose to the top of its genre in 1996 when it won the Narbonne International Brass Quintet Competition, the most prestigious event of its kind in the world. Performing music that has been called sheer poetry, Spanish Brass has established itself as one of the world’s finest brass quintets and is known for its virtuosity as well as the wide variety of its programs. Tickets Full Price $40 | Subscriber Price $25+ Tags brass, Spain, quintet

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“The pervasive movement style is so bold and even fearless that you might not spot the intricacy of the choreography until the whole seven-member company dances in perfect unison.� Los Angeles Times THE ESSENTIAL SERIES


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September 29

8 pm • McCullough Theatre

ABRAHAM.IN.MOTION Live! The Realest MC presented in partnership with texas theatre and dance and kut-fm

Abraham.In.Motion’s work explores choreographer Kyle Abraham’s diverse training in classical music, visual art, and a multitude of dance forms from ballet to hip-hop to give range and depth to his sleek, evocative work. Dance Magazine named him one of the “25 to Watch” in 2009 and has described his work as “elastic and electric, luxuriantly rippling, poetically arranged with moments of perfect stillness that arrive amid splashes of expression.”

i Kyle Abraham was a 2013 MacArthur Fellowship recipient. His piece, Another Night, was commissioned by the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

Live! The Realest MC references our own humanity in this digital age, creating an abstract and humorously dark narrative that places the iconic childhood character, Pinocchio, in an industrial dystopia. Inspired by Pinocchio’s plight to be a ‘real boy,’ Abraham’s ensemble dance work investigates gender roles in the black community and the quest for acceptance in the world of hip-hop celebrity. Tickets Full Price $40 | Subscriber Price $25+ Tags dance, contemporary, hip-hop culture, Pinocchio, postmodern gumbo Watch the Video texasperformingarts.org

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i As a member of the faculty at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Sergei Babayan taught the young Russian piano prodigy Daniil Trifonov, winner of both the First Prize at the Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition in Tel Aviv and the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow in 2011.

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October 5

The Times of London

SERGEI BABAYAN PIANO presented in partnership with the piano studio of anton nel at the butler school of music and kmfa-fm

Winner of the Cleveland, Hamamatsu, and Scottish International competitions, Sergei Babayan is hailed for his emotional intensity, bold energy, and remarkable levels of color. A graduate of the Moscow Conservatory, Babayan brings a deep understanding and insight to a stylistically diverse repertoire, which includes a performance history of 54 concertos. As a soloist, he has performed with many of the world’s major orchestras, conductors, and festivals. Le Figaro has praised his "unequaled touch, perfectly harmonious phrasing and breathtaking virtuosity." Tickets Full Price $40 | Subscriber Price $25+ Tags piano, recital Watch the Video

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“Technical brilliance and imaginative delight...”

8 pm • Bates Recital Hall

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“For a distillation of all that is promising, unique, and breathtaking in the video game experience—an experience in which gameplay, art, and live music weave together on an almost operatic level—the most hardened skeptic might do well to spend an hour or two with Journey.” New Music Box

FIFTH HOUSE ENSEMBLE JOURNEY LIVE 10


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November 8

8 pm • Bass Concert Hall

presented in partnership with caet (the center for arts and entertainment technologies), gamma (game and mobile media applications), and the texas tribune

Praised by The New York Times for “conviction, authority and finesse,” Chicago-based Fifth House Ensemble teams up with composer Austin Wintory to present an original, interactive live performance of his GRAMMY®-nominated score to the video game Journey. Described as “the most beautiful game of its time” by IGN, critics have called Journey one of gaming’s crowning achievements. Never the same each time it is played, Journey is an interactive parable, an anonymous online adventure to experience a person’s life passage and their intersections with others. In this unprecedented collaboration, live musicians of Fifth House Ensemble respond to the actions of game players in real time on stage. Game players have been pre-selected. Tickets Full Price $40 | Subscriber Price $25+ Tags chamber music, Playstation, video game, multimedia, interactive performance, adventure Watch the Video

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Journey received a GRAMMY® nomination for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media in 2012, becoming the first video game score to receive a GRAMMY® nomination.

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Monty Alexander, piano Hassan Shakur, acoustic bass Obed Calvaire, drums Andy Bassford, guitar Joshua Thomas, electric bass Karl Wright, percussion/drums

“Monty Alexander presented his refined concept of groove with the recent HarlemKingston Express project, blending a jazz trio and a steaming reggae unit, weaving back and forth between the idioms with orchestral finesse.” Downbeat Magazine

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At 10, he saw Nat “King” Cole play at Kingston’s Carib Theatre, the same venue where, at 13, he heard a concert featuring Louis Armstrong.


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November 18

8 pm • McCullough Theatre

MONTY ALEXANDER HARLEM-KINGSTON EXPRESS presented in partnership with the butler school of music and kutx’s sunday morning jazz with jay trachtenberg

In a career spanning over five decades, pianist Monty Alexander has built a reputation for exploring and bridging the worlds of American jazz, popular song, and the music of his native Jamaica, finding in each a sincere spirit of musical expression. He has performed and recorded with a wide array of distinguished artists such as Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins, and Quincy Jones, and as a band leader, Monty has recorded over 70 albums. Harlem-Kingston Express is a musical depiction of Alexander's journey, from the sounds and rhythms of his native Kingston, Jamaica, to the classic jazz tradition of New York's Harlem—an exciting and uplifting interweaving between his heritage and his adopted home of America. Tickets Full Price $40 | Subscriber Price $25+ Tags jazz, double trio, Jamaican, piano

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December 2

8 pm • McCullough Theatre

KURT ELLING with special guests

THE SWINGLES presented in partnership with kutx’s sunday morning jazz with jay trachtenberg

Revered as one of the world’s foremost jazz vocalists, Kurt Elling’s rich baritone spans four octaves and features both astonishing technical mastery and emotional depth. The Washington Post declared, "Since the mid-1990s, no singer in jazz has been as daring, dynamic or interesting as Kurt Elling. He has come to embody the creative spirit in jazz." For more than half a century The Swingles have pushed the boundaries of vocal music. Formed in 1963 by Ward Swingle, the seven young singers that make up today’s London-based group are driven by the same innovative spirit that has defined the five-time GRAMMY® winners since their inception. the swingles

“The vocal and choral world has changed considerably in the last 50 years… But The Swingles have managed to hold on to their distinctive niche and continue to thrive.” Chicago Sun-Times Tickets Full Price $40 | Subscriber Price $25+ Tags jazz, voice, GRAMMY® winners, London-based, a cappella Watch the Video Watch the Video 14

“If there is a royal bloodline of male jazz singers, I'd suggest it progresses from Satchmo to Mel Torme to Jon Hendricks to Mark Murphy to Kurt Elling.” JazzTimes

GRAMMY®-winning jazz vocalist Kurt Elling is joined by a cappella group The Swingles for an exquisite evening of jazz and harmony!


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Elling has been nominated for over ten GRAMMY® Awards.

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January 20

7 pm • Bates Recital Hall

CHANTICLEER AN ORCHESTRA OF VOICES

SOLDIER presented in partnership with the butler school of music and kmfa-fm

Hailed as “the world’s reigning male chorus” by The New Yorker magazine, the GRAMMY® Awardwinning ensemble Chanticleer returns with an all-new program. Based in San Francisco, Chanticleer is known around the world for the seamless blend of its twelve male voices ranging from countertenor to bass and its original interpretations of vocal literature, from Renaissance to jazz, and from gospel to venturesome new music. Their Austin program, Soldier, is expressed in music from the Renaissance to the present day, with universal sentiments ranging from extreme pain to extreme joy. Tickets Full Price $40 | Subscriber Price $25+ Tags all male, vocal ensemble, GRAMMY® winners Watch the Video

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“The singing of Chanticleer is breathtaking in its accuracy of intonation, purity of blend, variety of color and swagger of style.” The Boston Globe texasperformingarts.org

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Photo by Robert Day. Sancho engraving by Francesco Bartolozzi from The Letters of the Late Ignatius Sancho published London 1782, scan courtesy of University of North Carolina.

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January 25 & 26

8 pm • McCullough Theatre

In 1774 Sancho became the first black person of African origin to vote in Britain.

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PATERSON JOSEPH Co-directed by Simon Godwin Design by Michael Vale Music and sound design by Ben Park Lighting Design by Lucrecia Briceno Pemberley Productions in association with The Oxford Playhouse presented in partnership with warfield center for african and african american studies and the texas tribune

Charles "Sancho" Ignatius was born on a slave ship but never a slave; he was immortalized by the great English painter Thomas Gainsborough, and in 1774 became the first British-African to cast a vote. In this endlessly revealing, often funny one-man show, celebrated Royal Shakespeare Company actor Paterson Joseph (HBO’s The Leftovers) inhabits the curious, daringly determined life of Sancho—composer, social satirist, general man of refinement—while casting new light on the often misunderstood narratives of African-British experience.

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“Mr. Joseph has created a detailed portrait of a man who was an interested witness to the events of his day and who helped, however slightly, to shape them.”

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“Spellbinding ... [a] brilliant coup-de-theater ... there’s no way you can resist ... a choreographic synthesis of the creativity and freedom of modern dance.” Corriere Adriatico

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February 1

Ezralow was an original dancer/choreographer for MOMIX, and a founding member and director of ISO Dance.

8 pm • Bass Concert Hall

presented in partnership with kut-fm

Award-winning choreographer / director / multimedia artist Daniel Ezralow's unique style of physical expression and articulate choreography has earned him a distinguished reputation as a groundbreaking artist worldwide. His work is celebrated in Julie Taymor’s film Across the Universe, Cirque du Soleil’s Love, and in the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Ezralow Dance returns to Austin for the first time since 1990.

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With his nine-member troupe, Ezralow mingles contemporary dance with humor, provocative ideas, impressive video projections, and an unforgettable classical score in OPEN. “I have purposefully chosen to choreograph to a familiar classical score. I want the familiarity of the music to act like an old friend who welcomes you into a new place to explore, play, rediscover and reinvent.” Daniel Ezralow Tickets Full Price $40 | Subscriber Price $25+ Tags contemporary dance, classical music, playful humor, provocative, Los Angeles Watch the Video texasperformingarts.org

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February 16

8 pm • Bates Recital Hall

SÉRGIO & ODAIR ASSAD guitars and

AVI AVITAL

mandolin

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i The Assads were featured performers on James Newton Howard’s soundtrack to the movie Duplicity.

presented in partnership with the butler school of music, austin classical guitar, and kmfa-fm

Brazilian-born guitarists Sérgio and Odair Assad’s exceptional artistry and uncanny ensemble-playing have led to great success in exploring different styles of classical and world music with collaborators as diverse as Latin jazz clarinetist and saxophonist Paquito D’Rivera, Lebanese-American singer Christiane Karam, and cellist Yo-Yo Ma. For this tour, they team up for the first time with Israeli mandolin player Avi Avital who last performed on the UT campus with the Venice Baroque Orchestra. Passionate and “explosively charismatic” (The New York Times) in live performance, Avital is a driving force behind the reinvigoration of the mandolin repertory. The trio will present a brand-new program that explores both classical repertoire reimagined for guitar and mandolin, and traditional Choro music, a popular genre in Brazil known for its upbeat rhythms and brazen virtuosity. sérgio and odair assad

“Call it one of the most engaging musical presentations of the season. Better yet, call it a stunning display of the music of the Western Hemisphere.” Los Angeles Times avi avital

“A musician who recognizes no boundaries except those of good taste and who has the artistry to persuade listeners to follow him anywhere.” Gramophone Tickets Full Price $40 | Subscriber Price $25+ Tags Brazilian, guitar duo, Israeli, mandolin

Photos by Fadi Kheir and Harald Hoffman / DG

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February 23

8 pm • Bass Concert Hall

Sound Design by

KURT MUNKACSI Music Director

MICHAEL RIESMAN

Film Produced by IRE Production Management

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Photos by Godfrey Reggio

POMEGRANATE ARTS, INC.


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KOYAANISQATSI Music Composed by

PHILIP GLASS Directed by

GODFREY REGGIO Photography by

RON FRICKE Edited by

ALTON WALPOLE/RON FRICKE Performed by

PHILIP GLASS ENSEMBLE Conducted by Michael Riesman presented in partnership with klru-tv

Considered to be one of the most influential composers ever to work in film, Philip Glass has reinvented the relationship between music and the moving image. Glass turned 80 on January 31, 2017, and to celebrate, Texas Performing Arts presents a unique musical and cinematic experience! The Philip Glass Ensemble, conducted by long time music director Michael Riesman, will deliver a live performance to accompany a screening of Godfrey Reggio’s 1982 “environmental masterpiece,” KOYAANISQATSI. An apocalyptic vision of the collision of urban life, technology, and the environment, KOYAANISQATSI LIVE! - Life out of Balance is an intense performance experience where Glass brings new life to this cinematic classic.

i In the past 25 years, Glass has composed more than twenty operas, ten symphonies, two piano concertos and concertos for violin, piano, timpani, and saxophone quartet and orchestra, as well as film scores and other projects.

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i “Khaleesi” was the United States’s 755th most popular baby name for girls in 2014.

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March 8

8 pm • McCullough Theatre

MUSICAL THRONES: A PARODY Fans of the most talked about show on television can now get their fantasy fix live on stage with the hilarious send-up MUSICAL THRONES: A Parody. Composed by the hysterical mad men behind the long-running SILENCE! THE MUSICAL, Jon and Al Kaplan, MUSICAL THRONES: A Parody brings your most beloved and be-hated characters to life as you journey through all 6 seasons of the Emmy® Award-winning Game of Thrones television series. Tickets Full Price $40 | Subscriber Price $25+ Tags parody, comedy, dragons, theater Watch the Video

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“The men dance with a power and passion that builds into a kind of ecstasy.” Boston Globe THE ESSENTIAL SERIES


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March 27

8 pm • Bass Concert Hall

CHE MALAMBO GILLES BRINAS, DIRECTOR Created by director and choreographer Gilles Brinas, Che Malambo performs with a dynamic blend of precision footwork, rhythmic stomping, drumming, and song which originated in the 17th century in the South American pampas. A male-only dance form, malambo evolved from competitive duels amongst the Argentine gaucho that tested agility, strength, and dexterity. It soon integrated with what is now its hallmark, zapateo, the fast-paced footwork inspired by the rhythm of galloping horses. Malambo also features the drumming of traditional Argentine bombos and whirling boleadoras, a throwing weapon made up of intertwined cords and weighted with stones. Tickets Full Price $40 | Subscriber Price $25+ Tags dance, drumming, Argentinian, all male, gaucho Watch the Video

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April 3

7:30 pm • Bass Concert Hall

THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Gerhardt Zimmermann, Musical Director and Conductor

THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS CHOIRS James Morrow, Director of Choral Activities

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Illustration by Emil Orlik

GUSTAV MAHLER SYMPHONY NO. 2 RESURRECTION


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presented in partnership with kmfa-fm

The University of Texas Symphony Orchestra, led by Gerhardt Zimmermann, is recognized as one of the top college orchestras in the nation. For this program, scheduled to coincide with the Passover and Easter celebrations, the UT Symphony Orchestra will be joined by The University of Texas Choirs under the direction of James Morrow for a performance of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 2. Commonly referred to as the Resurrection Symphony, the work was first performed in 1895 and was one of Mahler's most popular and successful works. the university of texas symphony orchestra

“The UTSO’s playing was assured, confident and lyrical. The energy in the first movement was invigorating. And crucially, the crosstalk between sections that defines this rich, conflicted work were musical and persuasive.” Jeanne Claire van Ryzin, Austin American-Statesman the university of texas choirs

"The CD (UT Chamber Singers) is gorgeous! Fern Hill sounds absolutely beautiful—what a chorus! I think it is totally wonderful. My congratulations to all." John Corigliano, Composer Tickets Full Price $40 | Subscriber Price $25+ Tags symphony, choir, UT students, Mahler, classical Watch the Video

i Mahler’s music is featured on more than 100 film soundtracks including Death in Venice, Shutter Island, Children of Men and The Tree of Life. texasperformingarts.org

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HUBBARD STREET DANCE CHICAGO

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GLENN EDGERTON, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR


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April 11

8 pm • Bass Concert Hall

presented in partnership with texas theatre and dance and kut-fm

Celebrating its 40th season, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago has long been known as one of the most original forces in contemporary dance for its exceptionally talented dancers and a diverse repertoire of adventurous choreography. Hubbard Street’s eighteen dancers display unparalleled versatility and technique. They transcend preconceptions by juxtaposing works inspired by a variety of genres, including jazz, modern, ballet, and theatrical. Under the artistic direction of Glenn Edgerton, Hubbard Street is one of the only American dance companies to operate year-round and produces bold and passionate performances in the Windy City, across the United States, and abroad. Tickets Full Price $40 | Subscriber Price $25+ Tags contemporary dance, Chicago Watch the Video

“Hubbard Street Dance Chicago ought to bottle itself as a cure for the ills of the era.” The New York Times i Hubbard Street is the first dance company in the Midwest to offer dance classes for those affected by Parkinson’s disease. texasperformingarts.org

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THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS JAZZ ORCHESTRA with special guest

CONRAD HERWIG, TROMBONE presented in partnership with the longhorn jazz festival and kutx’s sunday morning jazz with jay trachtenberg

Renowned jazz trombonist Conrad Herwig joins the UT Jazz Orchestra as part of the Butler School of Music’s annual Longhorn Jazz Festival.

Directed by Professor Jeff Hellmer, the UT Jazz Orchestra is the Butler School of Music's premiere jazz ensemble. The Jazz Orchestra has performed with such luminaries as Michael Brecker, Maria Schneider, Stefon Harris, Joshua Redman, and Cyrus Chestnut in recent years. Tickets Full Price $40 | Subscriber Price $25+ Tags jazz, trombonist, UT students Watch the Video Watch the Video 34

i Herwig is a three-time GRAMMY® nominee in the “Best Latin Jazz Recording” category.

Photos by Thomas Meredith and Aboud Dweck

Conrad Herwig is considered one of the world’s complete jazz musicians. To date, he has released more than 20 recordings as a leader in addition to contributing to some 200 other recording sessions with some of the most notable artists in jazz. He has performed and recorded with Miles Davis, Joe Henderson, Eddie Palmieri, Tito Puente, Frank Sinatra, Joe Lovano, and Tom Harrell, among many others.


“Take classic jazz tunes. Gather some of the best Afro-Cuban jazz musicians available. Rearrange carefully. Play with gusto. It’s been Conrad Herwig’s formula for more than a decade, and it still serves the trombonist well.” National Public Radio

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