Ryerson to perform as guest soloist at First Light concert

Ali Ryerson, internationally-acclaimed jazz flutist, will be the guest soloist at the First Light Jazz Residency concert on Thursday, March 3 at 8 p.m. in Bezanson Recital Hall. Ryerson can also be heard at the 24th Annual Jazz Showcase on Tuesday, March 1 at 8 p.m. in Bowker Auditorium.

The first half of the First Light Jazz Residency concert will feature a flute big band with Department of Music and Dance students from the flute studio of visiting assistant professor Christopher Krueger. Among the performers will be flutists Dominique Gagn?, Dia Silverstein, Ricky Mraz and Cami Tedoldi. Ryerson will perform with and direct the band. The inclusion of the flute studio musicians presents a unique opportunity for classical and jazz musicians to perform together.

The second half of the concert will feature a trio of advanced student performers with Ryerson, who will play flute and alto flute. The evening will include straight-ahead jazz standards and original pieces by graduate students.

Ryerson has emerged as one of the best flutists on the scene today. She has been active in the jazz clubs of New York City, as a recording artist with nearly two dozen albums to her name and on the concert stage in the U.S., Europe, Japan and Africa. Festivals in which she has performed include: Carnegie Hall, Centennial Celebration (with St?phane Grappelli); JVC Jazz Festival, New York City; Monterey Jazz Festival, California; Guiness Jazz Festival, Ireland and Edinburgh Festival, Scotland.

Tickets to both concerts are $10 general admission, $5 for students, senior citizens and children under 18. Tickets are available at the Fine Arts Center Box Office (545-2511).