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Misericordia adds some jazz to the holiday concert season
10-31-12

The concert is Nov. 19 at 7:30 p.m.
Misericordia University plans to put some jazz and tap into the holiday season with “A Winter Holiday Concert” featuring the internationally acclaimed David Leonhardt Jazz Group and Shelley Oliver Tap Dancers. The performance of holiday classics with a jazz beat will be held Monday, Nov. 19 at 7:30 p.m. in Lemmond Theater in Walsh Hall.

Under the direction of pianist and composer David Leonhardt, the jazz group will put an improvisational jazz spin on seasonal favorites such as “Oh Christmas Tree,” “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” and others, including the title song from their CD, “I’ll Be Home For Christmas.’’ In performance, the quintet of piano, bass, drums, vocals and saxophone combines mainstream modern acoustic jazz with creative improvisation, offering both the spirit of Christmas and the excitement of a live jazz performance.

“When the holiday season rolls around, I am always happy to play these melodies from my childhood,” Leonhardt said. “Improvisations based on such familiar songs open up a world of possibilities for us.”

Led by internationally acclaimed tap dancer Shelley Oliver, the Shelley Oliver Tap Dancers are a high-caliber ensemble of dynamic female dancers who frequently perform with Leonhardt. Noted for their lightning speed footwork, strong visual choreography, inventive improvisation and synchronized ensemble dancing, there is a dynamic interaction among dancers and musicians. They take tap to a new level of rhythmic and percussive excitement.

Tickets for the concert are $5 for general admission, and free to Misericordia University students. They are available by calling the Misericordia Box Office at (570) 674-6719.

Additional information about upcoming cultural events at Misericordia University can be found at www.misericordia.edu/theartsandmore. Founded and Sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy in 1924, Misericordia University is Luzerne County’s first four-year college and offers 36 academic programs on the graduate and undergraduate levels in full and part-time formats.