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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Spanish, French and Jazz Music Featured at Musicon the Move Concerts

Spanish, French and Jazz Music Featured at Musicon the Move Concerts

The City of Gaithersburg invites you to enjoy beautiful music in a unique format at its Music on the Move concerts. Experience a blend of Spanish and French music at “The Near Exotic, Spanish and French” concert on Saturday, March 24, then come back for “Jazz in June” on Friday, June 1. Both concerts begin at 8 p.m. Admission is $25, $23 for City of Gaithersburg residents. Please call 301-258-6394 or visit tickets and information.

With concerts occurring simultaneously in the Arts Barnand at Kentlands Mansion, patrons attend the first half of the evening with a concert in one venue, then switch at intermission to enjoy a second concert in the other. Intermission features a variety of delicious, complimentary desserts, with champagne, wine, beer and soft drinks available for purchase.

“The Near Exotic, Spanish and French” concert features Douglas Rogers on guitar at the Arts Barn and Alex Peh on piano at Kentlands Mansion. Rogers’ performance features works by Spanish composers, some of who lived in France. Peh’s piano performance features works by French composers influenced by Spanish guitar music. Ticket holders are invited to attend a free pre-concert lecture at the Arts Barn at 7 p.m., where Rogers and Peh will discuss the program, the featured composers, and how their music and location influenced each other. Seating is limited to the first 99 patrons.
“Jazz in June” returns with two local jazz greats, Bruce Swaim and Rick Whitehead, performing jazz standards and original compositions. The Bruce Swaim Quartet ,playing at the Arts Barn, is recognized as one of Washington, DC’s premier jazz quartets and is one of the area’s most sought after performing jazz groups. The BSQ received the 2010 Washington Area Music Association award for Jazz Group of the Year as well as the award for Jazz Recording of the Year for “Winter’s Waltz.” The highly acclaimed Rick Whitehead Trio, led by master jazz guitarist Rick Whitehead, will play simultaneously at Kentlands Mansion. Performing together since1994, the Rick Whitehead Trio has earned several awards, including the Washington Area Music Association award for best Contemporary Album in 1998.The trio can be found performing at Blues Alley, Bohemian Caverns, the Smithsonian’s Jazz Club, the Kennedy Center, and many other venues in the area.

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