STAGE and Willamette University bring Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis to Salem

STAGE at The Historic Elsinore Theatre and Willamette University announce today that the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis will give a concert, a jazz master class and a lecture in Salem on September 18. The "Oregon-exclusive" concert marks the first time STAGE and Willamette have joined together to present a performance. The concert will take place at the Elsinore Theatre at 7:00 p.m. Both the master class and lecture will take place on the Willamette campus earlier that day. The jazz master class, given by members of Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, will take place from 2:15 to 4:00 p.m. in the Mary Stuart Rogers Music Center, and the lecture, about jazz-great Louis Armstrong, will be given by Marsalis from 4:00 to 4:45 p.m. at Smith Auditorium.

Tickets for the concert have been allocated to both organizations. The Elsinore will offer its tickets to its current STAGE members and season ticket holders through August 20. They will make their remaining tickets available to the general public through FASTTIX on that date. Willamette will offer its tickets to its students, faculty and staff through a lottery beginning on August 28. The jazz master class and lecture will be free and open to the public on a first-come, first-serve basis beginning a half hour prior to each event. No tickets will be needed for the jazz master class or the lecture.

"Artistic and educational excellence is what we're after for our audiences, so we hope this will be the first of many such joint efforts," said STAGE Executive Director Susan Malins.

President M. Lee Pelton of Willamette University said, "We are delighted to partner with STAGE to present the enormous talent of Wynton Marsalis to our students and the Salem community. This partnership illustrates the possibilities for bringing outstanding talent such as Mr. Marsalis to Salem."