UNH Traditional Jazz Series: the Sara Caswell Trio
Sara Caswell “is a brilliant world-class violinist...one of the very best of the present generation of emerging young jazz stars” according to David Baker, internationally-renowned jazz educator and Director of the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra. Rooted in an early exposure to a variety of musical genres, Sara’s technical facility on the violin, intertwined with her gift for lyricism, continue to attract growing attention to her artistry as a jazz soloist, sideman, and teacher.
A graduate of Indiana University, which she attended under full scholarship as a Wells Scholar, Sara received B.M. Degrees with High Distinction and an Artist Diploma in both Violin Performance and Jazz Studies. In 2006 Sara completed her M.M. Degree in Jazz Violin at the Manhattan School of Music. Amongst her numerous stellar teachers, Sara studied several years with the legendary Josef Gingold (classical) and David Baker (jazz). She has also worked with many of today’s top jazz artists at the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Summer Residency Program and at the Steans Institute for Young Artists at the Ravinia Jazz Festival. Sara’s 100+ music honors include several DownBeat Awards, a front-line position in the inaugural Sisters in Jazz Collegiate Competition Quintet, and numerous jazz scholarships and first-place prizes in the classical competition world.
Sara’s artistry and unique sound lead international recording artist/violinist Mark O’Connor to write: “Most good violinists will never experience what Sara creates with her instrument. It is beautifully refined emotion that lifts the spirit and at the same time, crystallizes for me this thought: Jazz violin could really have something to offer again. Jazz violin needs a universal ambassador...a player who can pick up where the last generation left off. Sara Caswell is well on her way to extending that tradition to touch new audiences.” – from www.caswellsisters.com
One of the finest and most incisive musicians to emerge in jazz over the last 10 years, this remarkable violinist makes her debut on the Johnson Theatre stage with bassist Ike Sturm and legendary guitarist Gene Bertoncini.
General admission tickets are $8 each and 6$ each for students and seniors. Tickets are available at the PCAC Box Office and at the door one hour prior to the performance. You may also order tickets online at www.unharts.com or call (603)862-PCAC (7222).