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Alumni play ‘A Night of Penn State Jazz’ at Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre on Oct. 26

Alumni play ‘A Night of Penn State Jazz’ at Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre on Oct. 26
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From a press release:

Penn State alumni representing four northeast regional campuses will be offering “A Night of Penn State Jazz” at the F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre on Thursday, Oct. 26. A pre-event mixer is planned for 6:30 p.m. when the doors open. The concert, featuring Penn State’s Centre Dimensions jazz ensemble, will begin at 7:30 pm.

Reserved seating tickets, which are $15 per person and $10 for students, can be purchased at the Kirby Center box office (71 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre), online at, and by phone at 570-826-1100.

Centre Dimensions, the premier 20-piece jazz ensemble at Penn State, performs frequently on campus and tours throughout Pennsylvania and the east. Conducted by the renowned Penn State School of Music Director of Jazz Studies Marko Marcinko, Centre Dimensions performs and works with several internationally known artists each year. For this concert, they will include a rarely assembled combination of Penn State faculty, including Mark Lusk, Dave Stambler, Mac Himes, Bob Hart, and Marko Marcinko, with special guests Erin Malloy-Marcinko and Steve Rudolph.

The students, recognized among the top in the University music program, perform a challenging repertoire of modern and classic jazz, as well as originals written by the director. This highly selective ensemble is open by audition to Penn State undergraduate and graduate students in all majors.

F.M. Kirby Center Director and Penn State alumnus Will Beekman commented about the upcoming program. “We are looking forward to an outstanding performance by these Penn Staters who, by virtue of being selected for this prestigious ensemble, are among the very best in the country. Working with Marko Marcinko is a wonderful local connection, and I am personally excited to welcome students and faculty from my alma mater to the Kirby.”

In addition to the alumni organizations at Penn State Hazleton, Schuylkill, Wilkes-Barre, and Worthington Scranton campuses, this event is being sponsored by the Penn State Alumni Association and Arts at Hayfield.

“Alumni groups allow us to extend the Penn State experience throughout the lifelong relationship that we maintain with our alumni. In particular, the groups associated with our northeast campuses are a tremendous asset to the Penn State Alumni Association,” says Paul Clifford, PSAA CEO. “Events that involve our alumni and feature talented students and faculty highlight our academic quality and showcase Penn State pride.”