SATURDAY, MARCH 22
CORNISH COLLEGE OF THE ARTS
710 E Roy St, Seattle
The Cornish Music Series is proud to present Building Bridges with the Jim Knapp Orchestra, featuring the premiere of “Movements for Flute and Jazz Orchestra,” commissioned by Cornish College of the Arts to honor Knapp’s role in the founding of Cornish’s jazz program 35 years ago.
When Jim Knapp joined the Cornish faculty in the early seventies, the Music Department had a curriculum that included some jazz classes, but only as a supplement to the basic conservatory-type curriculum. Recognizing a need, Knapp spearheaded an effort to enhance the presence of jazz music at Cornish. Gradually, the increased class offerings developed into a full program. New faculty such as Gary Peacock, Chuck Deardorf, Don Mock, Dave Peterson, Denney Goodhew, Phil Snyder, Julian Priester, Art Lande, Jerry Granelli, Jay Clayton, and many others were brought on board, and a jazz curriculum was established which remains essentially intact to this day. In honor of his efforts to propagate the Cornish College jazz program, composer Jim Knapp was commissioned to write a piece celebrating his rich history with the college. “Movements for Flute and Jazz Orchestra” will be performed by faculty member Paul Taub and the Jim Knapp Orchestra.