Hamilton College Performing Arts begins the spring season with jazz vocalist Alicia Olatuja on Friday, Feb. 9, at 7:30 p.m., in Wellin Hall, Schambach Center.
Olatuja will be by joined by band members Jon Cowherd (piano), David Rosenthal (guitar), Ben Williams (bass) and Xavier Breaker (drums) of an evening of jazz and R&B.
Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for senior citizens and Hamilton employees, and $5 for students. All seating is general admission.
Praised by The New York Times as “a singer with a strong and luscious tone and an amiably regal presence on stage,” Alicia Olatuja first came into the national spotlight in 2013 as the featured soloist with the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir at President Barack Obama’s second inauguration. Shortly thereafter, she assembled her own jazz-based ensemble and recorded her first solo album, Timeless (2014).
In addition to the concert, Olatuja will give a pre-concert interview, recorded live for the Hamilton College Jazz Archive at 6:30 p.m., in room 106 of the List Art Center. The interview is free and open to the public.
The Performing Arts Series is sponsored, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. This concert is made possible by the Jazz Touring Network program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Tickets for the concert are $20 for adults, $15 for senior citizens and Hamilton employees, and $5 for students. All seating is general admission. For tickets or information, call the box office at 859-4331.