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Aug. 29, 2012

From Crescendo to Climax


KRTU-FM 91.7 to conclude Year of Jazz Celebration with concert marking a milestone for the radio station


Year of Jazz logoSAN ANTONIO - After spending the last 12 months featuring musical events across the city, KRTU-FM 91.7, Trinity University's non-profit, listener supported radio station, will close out its Year of Jazz celebration with a concert at home. The grand finale will include the second public performance of the well-received San Antonio Jazz Suite and a performance by the legendary Jim Cullum Jazz Band. The concert will begin at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, in Trinity's Laurie Auditorium and is free and open to the public.

Along with being the final concert in the Year of Jazz celebration, the event will mark the 10th anniversary of KRTU-FM becoming a primarily jazz radio station.

The San Antonio Jazz Suite, a musical composition commissioned by KRTU-FM to mark its 10th year of broadcasting jazz, will be performed by the King William Jazz Collective. The jazz suite was written by Aaron Prado, a composer and former music director for KRTU-FM.  The composition, dedicated to San Antonio, features three movements telling the story of the city with a mixture of different musical styles and narration.  Jim Beal, music columnist and entertainment reporter for the San Antonio Express-News, called the jazz suite one of the best events of the 2011 music scene.

The grand finale will end with a performance by the Jim Cullum Jazz Band, which has been a fixture on the San Antonio Riverwalk for decades. The Jim Cullum band also plays classic jazz on their long running, nationally syndicated show on Public Radio International called "Riverwalk Jazz."

Following the concert at 7:30 p.m., the celebration will continue with a presentation at a photo exhibition titled "Masters of Jazz" at the Michael and Noémi Neidorff Art Gallery located in the University's Dicke Art Building.  Anna Hodgson, curator for the jazz themed collection, will present a lecture on the exhibit.

The Year of Jazz celebration kicked off in October 2011 with the "Sunday in Brackenridge Park: Jazz Family Showcase," held at the Sunken Garden Theater.  The free event featured music, children's activities, and the world premiere of the San Antonio Jazz Suite.

More events followed every month hosted by arts and community organizations across San Antonio, including the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, the Carver Community Cultural Center, the Southwest School of Art, and the McNay Art Museum.

For more information, contact KRTU-FM at 210-999-8917 during regular business hours or visit http://www.yearofjazz.org/.