APRIL 13 2018 Award-Winning Jazz Trombonist and Educator Coming to Walton Arts Center

Award-Winning Jazz Trombonist and Educator Coming to Walton Arts Center

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS, April 13, 2018 – Audiences will have two chances to hear award-winning jazz trombonist Conrad Herwig, Oklahoma-native and a member of the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, perform at Walton Arts Center this month.

On Saturday, April 28 at 7:30 pm, Herwig will perform with an ensemble featuring some of the finest professional musicians from our region. Tickets start at $30 plus applicable fees.

During his time as a visiting artist in residence at Walton Arts Center, Herwig also will perform with The Northwest Arkansas Jazz All-Stars Youth Ensemble on International Jazz Day, Monday, April 30 at 7 pm. Tickets start at $15 plus applicable fees.

The 17-member Northwest Arkansas Jazz All-Star Youth Ensemble was recruited, auditioned and selected from 12 junior high and high schools in northwest Arkansas and southeast Oklahoma. The three-month intensive program gives aspiring student musicians the opportunity to study, rehearse and perform jazz repertoire with professional musicians, including Herwig and members of the Fayetteville Jazz Collective.

Now based in New York, Herwig is considered one of the world’s complete jazz musicians, atop both the performing and educational fields with an abundance of composer and arranger credits as well. To date, he has released 20 recordings in addition to contributing to nearly 200 other recording sessions with some of the most notable artists in jazz. Herwig has performed and recorded with Miles Davis, Joe Henderson, Eddie Palmieri, Tito Puente, Frank Sinatra, Joe Lovano and Tom Harrell, among many others. 

Herwig one of the most in demand music educators because of his technical prowess and musicality. He is currently professor of jazz trombone, jazz improvisation and jazz composition and arranging at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ. Herwig is also a visiting professor of jazz studies at the Juilliard School in New York City.

Tickets to both shows can be purchased in-person at the Walton Arts Center Box Office, by calling 479.443.5600 or by visiting waltonartscenter.org.

Walton Arts Center is Arkansas’ largest and busiest performing arts presenter. Each year more than 195,000 people from Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma and beyond attend more than 400 public events at Walton Arts Center, including performances, rehearsals, community gatherings, receptions, weddings and more. Approximately 45,000 students and teachers participate annually in arts learning programs at Walton Arts Center, and almost 200 volunteers donate 21,000 hours of time each year to its operations. Walton Arts Center presents entertainers and artists from around the world including Broadway musicals, renowned dance companies, international artists, up-and-coming jazz musicians and more. As a non-profit organization, Walton Arts Center enjoys the generous support of public sector funding, corporate sponsorship and private donors, allowing audience members to pay on average only 45% of the cost of programs offered. To learn more about Walton Arts Center, visit www.waltonartscenter.org.

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