Wednesday, September 14, 2011

BRIGHT STAR OF JAZZ PIANO COMES TO CENTENARY

Helen Sung Photo

HELEN SUNG TRIO

WHEN: Sunday, September, 25, at 4 PM
WHERE:
Centenary College, Sitnik Theatre, 715 Grand Avenue, Hackettstown
TICKETS: $15 in advance and $20 at the door. The Helen Sung Trio is part of the year-long Jazz in the Box Series. Tickets for all four concerts are $57.
Tickets for the Helen Sung Trio can be purchased online HERE or by calling the box office at 908.979.0900.

Sung is a renowned Jazz Pianist/Composer and is a winner of the Kennedy Center Mary Lou Williams Jazz Competition. According the Kalamazoo Gazette, “Sung takes listeners into her world: a place of passion, adventure and drama, and truckloads of rhythm...taking audiences for a ride they won't soon forget.”

Sung has performed and studied with some of the most prolific jazz masters, including Clark Terry, Wynton Marsalis, Jimmy Heath, Jackie McLean, Bobby Watson, Harry "Sweets" Edison, and James Moody; and has studied with such artists as Ron Carter, Barry Harris, David Baker, Slide Hampton, and Lewis Nash. In addition to her solo work, she appears frequently with the Mingus Big Band and is a current member of Clark Terry's "Big Badd" Big Band. She was also a featured performer on PBS' In Performance at the White House for the Monk Institute’s 20th Anniversary Celebration.

Sung's band has headlined at the Kennedy Center's Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival, Fontana Chamber Arts Summer Festival, Clif­ord Brown Jazz Festival, Jazz Lucca Donna Festival (Italy), Kalisz International Jazz Piano Festival (Poland), Bern Jazz Festival, Tri-C Jazz Festival (Cleveland), Vermont Mozart Festival, the American Jazz Museum's Blue Room, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, and New York City's finest jazz venues.

Not only a performer, Sung is a dedicated jazz educator. Her experience at the Monk Institute inspired her to remain involved with music education by working arts organizations (such as JazzReach) and conducting workshops. Sung was a recipient of a Chamber Music America/Doris Duke Foundation grant enabling her quartet to conduct a jazz residency program for underserved youth in Camden, NJ.

The Jazz in the Box Series is presented in part through a generous donation from Mama’s and CafĂ© Baci in Hackettstown. The Centenary Stage Company is a not-for-profit professional equity theatre, in residence at Centenary College, dedicated to serving as a cultural resource for audiences of the Skylands Region, with professional music, theatre and dance events and arts education programs throughout the year. All programs at the Centenary Stage Company are made possible in part through the visionary support of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the NJ State Council on the Arts, as well as CSC Premium sponsors Heath Village and Skylands Community Bank, and our silver sponsors, The Marriot Residence Inn and Hackettstown Regional Medical Center.