Sunday, February 23, 2020 • 2-4 pm • Randall Hall
Christine Letcher, soprano and pianist, will present a program that explores the mutual influences and borrowing techniques of French classical composers and American Jazz musicians in the early to mid-20th century. The first half of the program will feature classical works for voice and piano by French Impressionist and Modernist composers such as Debussy, Satie, Ravel, among others. In the second half of the program, Christine will sing jazz standards with the band, PUMA.
PUMA consists of five friends; all having been involved in the UMA music program as students and faculty. The music can be called “modern jazz,” consisting of tunes from the 1940s through the present, offered in the common jazz format which emphasizes improvisation by the musicians. The performers are Christine Letcher (vocal), Bill Moseley (flute), Andy Moulton (guitar), Dave Briggs (bass) and Andy Schultz (percussion).