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Music of “West Side Story” With The Neophonic Jazz Orchestra
February 15 @ 7:00 pm
Wisconsin’s premier jazz orchestra, the Neophonic Jazz Orchestra, will be entertaining audiences with the music of “West Side Story” during the Jean’s Jazz concert on Saturday, February 15 at 7 p.m. at the Racine Theatre Guild, 2519 Northwestern Ave., Racine.
The Neophonic Jazz Orchestra has been adding vintage flair to new and old classics since 2010. Under the direction of Stan Kenton alumnus Joel Kaye, the big band jazz ensemble will be performing the unforgettable music of the 1962 Grammy Award-winning album, Kenton’s “West Side Story.”
In addition to the saxophone, trombone, trumpet, and rhythm sections typical of big band jazz, the orchestra also boasts a section of four mellophones, a brass instrument with a timbre similar to a French horn. The group achieves what jazz historians and Kenton enthusiasts call “a wall of sound,” giving the group richness and fullness that is unparalleled among big bands today.
Created in 2001 by Joe Mooney, Jean’s Jazz is an annual fundraiser for the Racine Theatre Guild in memory of Joe’s wife, Jean. Jean was a jazz devotee and dedicated volunteer at the Guild, driving Joe to continue growing the series year after year.
Limited tickets remain and are $18 for adults, $16 for seniors (62+), and $5 for students (21 & under). Call (262) 633-4218, visit www.racinetheatre.org or stop by the box office weekdays from 12 to 6 p.m. and 90 minutes prior to the performance to purchase tickets.
Jean’s Jazz is made possible through the support of Educators Credit Union, Landmark Title, and Maresh-Meredith & Acklam Funeral Home.