Guild Luncheon with Paul Ferguson

Friday, April 6, 2018, 11:30 am

The Akron Symphony Guild will welcome Paul Ferguson from the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra as guest speaker at a special luncheon on April 6 at 11:30 a.m.

The luncheon, which is open to the public, will take place at the Papa Joe’s, located at 1561 Akron Peninsula Road in Akron. Tickets are $25 per person and reservations must be received by April 2. Please call the Akron Symphony Office at 330.535.8131 or purchase your ticket online to reserve your seat.

Ferguson, the Artistic Director for the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, will speak on A Brief History of the Attempts to Combine Jazz and Classical Music – From Gershwin (Rhapsody in Blue) to Modern Day.

As a trombonist, Ferguson has toured with the Glenn Miller and Tommy Dorsey Orchestras. He is also an award-winning composer (he was the recipient of the 1995 Gil Evans Fellowship in Jazz Composition), writes arrangements for the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra and the Cleveland Pops Orchestra, and has four CDs featuring his compositions – Blue Highways, recorded with Jiggs Whigham and the Berlin Radio Jazz Orchestra; Friends and Live at the Bop Stop, recorded by his own band; and Jazz Vespers with the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra.

Ferguson and the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra will join the Akron Symphony Orchestra on April 14 for Jazz Meets Symphony. The evening will feature a wide variety of jazz favorites made popular by Louis Armstrong, Tommy Dorsey, Ellington, George Gershwin and Glenn Miller.

Be sure to reserve your luncheon seat before April 2 by calling the Symphony Office at 330.535.8131 or online.

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Please print your receipt and bring it with you to the luncheon. Once we receive your order, your name will be added to the guest list.

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