Nov. 9, 2006 (updated 3:47 p.m. Dec. 1, 2006)
UPDATE (3:47 p.m. Dec. 1, 2006): Paquito D'Rivera was grounded enroute by the early winter storm, requiring the postponement of tonight's concert in Hancher. The concert has been rescheduled for Friday, Feb. 2. Tonight's tickets will be honored that night.
Cuban Jazz Star Paquito D'Rivera Performs Dec. 1 In Hancher
Havana-born jazz clarinetist and saxophonist Paquito D'Rivera will perform with his quintet at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, in Hancher Auditorium on the University of Iowa campus.
The concert is part of the "Jazz Masters on Tour" project of the National Endowment for the Arts and Chamber Music America. Arts Midwest designated Hancher as the official Iowa presenter for the "Jazz Masters on Tour" program.
The tastes of D'Rivera's native Cuba will be featured in a pre-performance dinner in the Hancher Café. Advance reservations are required. The café will open at 5:30 p.m., with dinner served at 6 p.m.
D'Rivera will also present a master class at 3 p.m. Dec. 1 in Room 1077 of the Voxman Music Building. The public is invited to observe, free of charge.
A seven-time Grammy Award winner and 2005 recipient of America's National Medal of the Arts, D'Rivera combines infectious Latin rhythms with hot, swinging, straight-ahead jazz. His discography includes more than 30 jazz releases.
D'Rivera began his career as a child prodigy, playing both the clarinet and the saxophone with the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, and he premiered several works by notable Cuban composers.
He was one of the founding members of the Orquesta Cubana de Musica Moderna and was also founding member and co-director of the innovative, Grammy-winning musical group Irakere, whose mixture of jazz, rock, classical and traditional Cuban music was unprecedented. He sought asylum in Spain in 1980, and later became a U.S. citizen.
D'Rivera is also active in contemporary classical music, as both a performer and a composer. In 2002 he was commissioned by the National Symphony Orchestra and the Rotterdam Philharmonic to write "The Bel Air Concerto" for flutist Marina Piccinini. The work was premiered at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts with Leonard Slatkin conducting.
Other premieres include pieces for the Turtle Island String Quartet, the Ying Quartet and the International Double Reed Congress 30th Anniversary in Canada. In 2002 the Library of Congress also commissioned his Jazz Fantasy for Piano and Violin, and Jazz at Lincoln Center commissioned his "Panamericana Suite" for their "As of Now" series in 2000, broadcast on National Public Radio. His suite "Aires Tropicales" is now in the repertoires of many wind ensembles
But jazz remains his major identity and focus. The National Endowment for the Arts has declared him a "Jazz Master" -- the nation's highest honor in jazz. Delivering what Time magazine calls "bopped-up, romantic, salty and sensuous jazz," D'Rivera finds his sound in "the hothouse Latin rhythms of his homeland and in the high-flying horns of Charlie Parker, John Coltrane and Lee Konitz."
Paquito D'Rivera in Hancher is supported through the University of Iowa Foundation by Melinda and Eric Bochner, Bochner Chocolates; Dahl Ford of Davenport, Inc.; and Leslie Kramer-Weinberger and Miles Weinberger. Support for the NEA "Jazz Masters on Tour" is provided by Verizon with additional support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation through a grant to Chamber Music America.
Tickets are $35/32/29; UI student $31.50/15; senior citizen $31.50/28.80/26.10; youth $24.50/22.40/20.30. Discounted concert tickets are available as part of volume purchases: A simultaneous purchase of five events or more qualifies for a 15-percent discount.
Dinner tickets are $26.
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