Keene

Afro-Cuban rhythms and  jazz to open Redfern season

Critically acclaimed pianist and composer Donal Fox and his Inventions Trio will open Keene State College’s Redfern Arts Center 2013-14 season with their unique amalgam of jazz, Latin, and classical music on Sept. 20.

The Donal Fox Inventions Trio will meld jazz and classical music with Afro-Cuban rhythms in a concert that starts at 7:30 p.m. in the Alumni Hall.

Tickets are $25 for adults; $20 for senior citizens, children, and Keene State alumni; and $5 for KSC students. For tickets, call the box office at 358-2168 or online at www.keene.edu/racbp.

There are two free community programs scheduled around this performance. Fox will present an Art of Improvisation workshop at 2 p.m. that day in the Hall, and he and his trio will participate in a post-show meet-and-greet reception in the Redfern lobby. The performance coincides with KSC’s Parent/Family Weekend.

Fox comes to the Redfern following several performances this summer at Tanglewood, the Boston Pops summer home in Lenox, Mass., where he closed the Tanglewood Jazz Festival with his Scarlatti Jazz Suite Project on Labor Day weekend. Earlier in the Tanglewood season, Fox premiered his Piazzolla to Bach Project.

Fox is an internationally acclaimed composer, pianist and improviser in both jazz and classical music. He recently premiered his Monk and Bach Project at Jazz at Lincoln Center, his orchestra piece, “Hear De Lambs A-Cryin’,” commissioned by the Albany Symphony Orchestra for The Spiritual Project, his Scarlatti Jazz Suite Project at Tanglewood, and the world premiere of his concerto “Peace Out for Improvised Piano and Orchestra” at Carnegie Hall with the American Composers Orchestra.

Fox, a Steinway Artist at Steinway & Sons, is the Martin Luther King Visiting Scholar Emeritus at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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