Friday, June 29, 2012

BMA KICKS 2012 OFF JAZZ IN THE SCULPTURE GARDEN SUMMER CONCERTS ON JULY 7

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Advance tickets for Houston Person, Kevin Mahogany, and Ethel Ennis SOLD OUT – Day of show tickets available at 4 PM, weather permitting

Three of the BMA’s popular Jazz in the Sculpture Garden summer concerts have already sold out, but jazz enthusiasts are encouraged to call 443.573.1701 at 4 PM on the day of the event to get their ticket(s) if the weather is good.  If the conditions are right, 150 tickets will be released for each concert.  This one-of-a-kind summer event brings regional and national talents to perform amidst a fantastic collection of modern art in the Museum’s gorgeous Sculpture Garden. Concert-goers can choose intimate concert seating provided by the BMA or bring their own chairs or blankets for a picnic. An outdoor bar provides sandwiches and drinks for purchase. (Jazz+Dinner tickets from Gertrude’s Restaurant are sold out for the entire series.)

JULY 7HOUSTON PERSON QUARTET
One of the giants of soul- and groove-based jazz, Houston Person’s velvet-toned tenor saxophone has enamored jazz lovers since the 1960s. Throughout his prolific career, often accompanying the late vocalist Etta Jones, Person has remained a symbol of constant swing and good times.

JULY 28THE STEVEN KROON LATIN JAZZ SEXTET
Percussionist Steven Kroon has captivated audiences for more than 35 years, recording and performing with musicians Roberta Flack, Aretha Franklin, Diana Krall, The Temptations, and especially the late R&B legend Luther Vandross, whom he accompanied for 20 years.

AUGUST 4KEVIN MAHOGANY WITH THE DAVE STRYKER GROUP
Baritone Kevin Mahogany has been acclaimed as “The standout jazz vocalist of his generation,” by Newsweek and “one of the first truly gifted male vocalists to emerge in years," by the LA Times. Since the early 1990s, Mahogany has established himself as a leader and innovator in vocal jazz.

AUGUST 18TRACEY CURBEAM
Baltimore-area performer Tracy Curbeam has electrified audiences with her dramatic four-octave range and lively repertoire of jazz, soul, and gospel songs. The band accompanying Curbeam’s incredible voice is the talented group Da’Fellas.

AUGUST 25ETHEL ENNIS
Since releasing her first recording in 1955, Baltimore-native jazz legend Ethel Ennis has toured internationally with Benny Goodman, performed at numerous White House events, and served as Cultural Ambassador for the City of Baltimore—in addition to performing for legions of loyal fans.

Concerts are hosted by the BMA’s Joshua Johnson Council. Media sponsors are City Paper, WEAA 88.9 FM, and WYPR 88.1 FM.

TICKETS are available in person at the BMA Box Office, by phone at 800.919.6272, or online at artbma.org. (Service charges apply for phone and online orders.) Concerts usually sell out; advance ticket purchase is strongly recommended.

Ticket Prices                           General Public        BMA Members

Single Concert*                                 $25                         $18

5 Concerts*                                       $115                       $80         

*Kids 12 & under FREE (tickets required)

In the event of rain
Concerts are held in the BMA Meyerhoff Auditorium. Please call the BMA Box Office at 443.573.1701 after 4 PM for an update.  If the concert is held indoors, Jazz+Dinner ticket holders must call Gertrude’s at 410.889.3399 to make reservations for indoor seating or to obtain a rain check. No refunds or exchanges.

JOSHUA JOHNSON COUNCIL
The Joshua Johnson Council is one of the oldest African-American support groups established by a major museum. Its mission is to forge meaningful connections between Baltimore’s African-American communities and the Museum through events, programs, and workshops built around the BMA’s collection of art by African-Americans and its distinguished African art collection.

ABOUT THE BALTIMORE MUSEUM OF ART
The Baltimore Museum of Art is home to an internationally renowned collection of 19th-century, modern, and contemporary art. Founded in 1914 with a single painting, the BMA today has 90,000 works of art—including the largest holding of works by Henri Matisse in the world—as well as outstanding collections of European and American fine and decorative arts, 15th- through 19th-century prints and drawings, works by established and emerging contemporary artists, and objects from Africa, Asia, the Ancient Americas, and Pacific Islands. Two beautifully landscaped gardens display an array of 20th-century sculpture that is an oasis in the city.