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John Jorgenson Quintet
April 7 @ 7:30 pm
Friday, April 7, 7:30pm
Tickets: Start at $20. $25 regular, $35 premium
“John Jorgenson is one of the most respected guitarists in the world.” – Los Angeles Times
The John Jorgenson Quintet, led by GRAMMY® Award-winner and three-time Country Music Awards Guitarist of the Year John Jorgenson, fuses “gypsy jazz” with elements from Latin, Romanian, Classical, Rock and Greek music, creating their own unique style of “21st Century World Music.” Jorgenson is known for his blistering guitar licks and mastery of a broad musical palette, and has earned a reputation as a world-class musician and guitarist who has collaborated with the likes of Elton John, Luciano Pavarotti, Bonnie Raitt and Bob Dylan. Student works from the Vermont Creative Schools Initiative project at Stowe Elementary School and Thatcher Brook Primary School will also be presented during this celebration of community, creativity and musical virtuosity.
About the Vermont Creative Schools Initiative
Thirty-nine teachers from 15 schools in nine communities around Vermont are involved in an ambitious and creative enterprise involving world-renowned jazz guitarist John Jorgensen. The year-long, multi-disciplinary, cross-curricular project will culminate in April when Jorgensen performs at four community concerts in April in Stowe, Barre, Randolph and Brattleboro.
Empowered by their classroom teachers and teaching artists who began working with Jorgensen when he came to Vermont for a project initiated by the Vermont Creative Schools Initiative, students have spent the year exploring questions: What if kids were in charge? What does it mean to belong? What does “equality for all” mean in the place where we live? Some of their work created during this exploration will be showcased on stage when the John Jorgensen Quintet performs in Vermont.
The Vermont Creative Schools Initiative is a program run by the Montpelier-based Community Engagement Lab, which has been running such programs for several years. Last year, the CEL brought superstar percussionist Evelyn Glennie to the state, to work with teachers and to perform with students.
This year, students at Thatcher Brook Primary School in Waterbury asked the question “what if kids were in charge?” and mapped a plan to refurbish their dilapidated playground. They mapped their project, surveyed students, and created a puppet show and song on the theme which will be presented at the April 7 concert. The evening also features students from Stowe Elementary School presenting their “Winds of Change” project.