Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis Concert to Support ‘Sistema Tulsa’ Music Education Program
Tulsa, Oklahoma – Sistema Tulsa presents the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, Chapman Music Hall, Friday, October 2, 2015. All proceeds will benefit the launch of Sistema Tulsa, a social change music education program. Underwritten by the Brannin Family Foundation, the concert will celebrate the launch of Sistema Tulsa and its partnership with Boston Avenue United Methodist Church and Tulsa Public Schools. Led by 9- time Grammy Award winner, Wynton Marsalis, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra has performed hundreds of shows to people of all ages on over six continents.
The Orchestra is composed of 15 of the most accomplished soloists, ensemble players, and arrangers in jazz music today and has been hailed as “extraordinary” by the Los Angeles Times and “the greatest large jazz ensemble working today” by the Chicago Tribune. Many have described Marsalis as not only a brilliant composer, but also the most outstanding jazz musician and trumpeter of his generation. He is a tireless educator and advocate for the Arts and will perform in Tulsa this fall to support the launch of Sistema Tulsa.
The concert will be held at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, Chapman Music Hall on Friday, October 2, 2015. Tickets sales are available to the general public and may be purchased online at myticketoffice.com, in person at the PAC box office or by calling 918-596-7111. The tickets range from $30-$100. Based on the successful “El Sistema” program founded in Venezuela and featured on 60 Minutes, Sistema Tulsa is designed to build a culture of aspiration for students in Tulsa Public Schools. Jose Luis Hernandez-Estrada, the Director of Sistema Tulsa, notes, “I am delighted that Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra are supporting our efforts to launch Sistema Tulsa. Marsalis and his orchestra are consummate musicians and true champions of arts education in America. We share a vision for access to opportunities in music that can lead our youth to more promising futures. As we marvel in their artistry we will be reminded that music can be a source of inspiration and an instrument of solidarity.” Burroughs, Chouteau and Lee Elementary School students in 4th and 5th grade have been invited for the initial program and participants are being selected through an application process. Opening day for the program will be September 9, 2015.
Tulsa Sistema Tulsa envisions how a comprehensive and inclusive music program can positively impact the social, cognitive, and aesthetic realms of youth development. Inspired by the philosophy and values of El Sistema in Venezuela, the program aspires to grow and support youth musical ensembles that exemplify and nurture the pursuit of excellence and high aspiration. Sistema Tulsa is steered by the vision of Boston Avenue United Methodist Church and supported by the Oklahoma United Methodist Foundation, the Tulsa Public Schools system, and the generous financial support of caring sponsors.
For more info visit www.sistematulsa.org.