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WFU Secrest Artists Series announces 2010-2011 concert schedule

August 11, 2010

Winston-Salem, N.C. — From a Broadway musical review to a Grammy-award winning chamber orchestra, Wake Forest University’s 2010-2011 Secrest Artists Series will feature an eclectic offering of musical genres.

The season will include Neil Berg’s “100 Years of Broadway;” the Kremerata Baltica chamber orchestra with violinist Gidon Kremer; Abraham, Inc., a boundary-breaking klezmer band with a three-piece horn section; and Norwegian jazz pianist Tord Gustavsen.

The season will open at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 18 in Brendle Recital Hall with Neil Berg’s widely acclaimed “100 Years of Broadway,” a musical review of Broadway’s most celebrated shows. The show recreates the most memorable moments from Broadway classics and Broadway’s newest shows with performers from hit shows accompanying an all-star New York band.

At 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9 in Wait Chapel, Kremerata Baltica will perform. Founded in 1997 by the renowned violinist Gidon Kremer, the chamber orchestra is considered one of the most prominent international ensembles in Europe. The 27-member ensemble is made up of young musicians from the Baltic states and is supported by the Ministries of Culture of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Kremerata Baltica won a Grammy Award in 2002.

Abraham, Inc. will present klezmer music with a hip-hop beat at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 27 in Wait Chapel. David Krakuauer, a world class clarinetist and champion of klezmer music has teamed up with funk trombonist and arranger Fred Wesley and hip-hop artist Socalled to create what the band describes as “an all-out klezmer-funk dance party.

The final concert of the season will feature jazz pianist Tord Gustavsen and Jazz Ensemble on March 24 in Brendle Recital Hall. Influenced by Scandinavian folk music, Carribean music, and gospels and hymns, the ensemble is compromised of Jarle Vespetad (drums), Mats Eilertsen (double bass), Tore Brunborg (saxophones), Harald Johnsen (double bass), and Rune Arnesen (alternating on drums). The Tord Gustavsen Trio album “The Ground” was awarded best international album of the year in Australia.

As part of the mission of the Secrest Artists Series, all performances are offered free of charge to Wake Forest students, faculty and staff.

Individual and season tickets may be purchased by the public. Tickets to individual performances range in price from $16 to $25 for general admission, and $5 for children under 12. Group discounts are also available. Season tickets are $100 and are available through the Theatre Box Office in Scales Fine Arts Center at (336) 758-5295 after Labor Day. Season tickets for senior citizens and non-Wake Forest students are $90.

Each Secrest performance also includes a free Secrest Signature pre-concert lecture that begins 45 minutes before each concert.

For ticket information, contact the Secrest Office at (336) 758-5757 or visit

Press Contacts:

Cheryl Walker
(336) 758-5237

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