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CHAMBER MUSIC WITH GROOVE AT HAMILTON

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Posted October 18, 1996
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"Doctuh" Mike Woods, composer, bassist and assistant professor of Jazz Studies at Hamilton College, presents the world premier performance of Downtown Heaven Suite, Monday, Oct. 28, at 8:30 p.m. in Wellin Hall, Schambach Center for Music and the Performing Arts. The performance is free and open to the general public.

Woods' original work features a complex mix of classical music, infused with jazz. Ten years in the making, Woods' describes it as a positive, fun and uplifting piece, but not the norm, "it will require the audience to use their thinking caps."

The score depicts several scenes that take place in downtown heaven. There is a narrator that acts as a tour guide to direct the audience through the various movements. The trip includes the `Magic Tram', `Highway 77', `March to the Cross', `Judgement Hall', `Memorial Gardens', `Saints Club' and `Breakpoint.'

Woods' has been praised for the wide ranging musical diversity in his compositions. Though classical music is his greatest influence, he also incorporates gospel, jazz and Motown into his works. He calls Downtown Heaven Suite "chamber music with groove." The performance will feature all professional musicians, many of whom are on staff at Hamilton. For more information, call 859-4331.

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