DIVADIVA Jazz Orchestra Kicks Off 2018-2019 Presidential Performing and Visual Arts SeriesThe DIVA Jazz Orchestra has played some of the most prestigious venues for jazz in the world. On Tuesday, August 28 at 7 p.m., this all-female big band will add Texas A&M University-Kingsville’s Jones Auditorium to their list, in a free public performance as part of the 2018-2019 Presidential Performing and Visual Arts Series. DIVA Jazz Orchestra Kicks Off 2018-2019 Presidential Performing and Visual Arts Series/events/2018/08/DIVAKingsvillesite://Kingsville/events/2018/08/DIVAsite-mapYes/events/2018/08/DIVACompleteWeb.jpgsite://Kingsville/events/2018/08/DIVACompleteWeb.jpgKingsvilleDIVACompleteWeb.jpgDIVACompleteWeb.jpg/15343092000001535518800000Test 1Jones Auditorium

The DIVA Jazz Orchestra has played some of the most prestigious venues for jazz in the world—Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Birdland and the Apollo Theater, just to name a few. 

On Tuesday, August 28 at 7 p.m., this all-female big band will add Texas A&M University-Kingsville’s Jones Auditorium to their list, in a free public performance.           

Doors are scheduled to open at 6:30 p.m. Seating is on a first-come, first-seated basis. 

The DIVA Jazz Orchestra performance is part of the university’s Presidential Performing and Visual Arts Series. 

The group will be performing music from its 25th Anniversary Project, an album of original music composed by music director/drummer Sherrie Maricle and her bandmates. The 25th Anniversary Project album spent more than 24 weeks on the jazz charts, peaking at number one. 

About DIVA Jazz Orchestra

DIVA exudes the excitement and force found in the tradition of the historic big bands but with an eye towards today’s progressive sound and originality. With New York as their home base, DIVA performs all over the world playing contemporary, mainstream big band jazz, composed and arranged to fit the individual personalities and styles of the players. 

The inspiration for DIVA came from Stanley Kay, one-time manager and relief drummer for Buddy Rich. In 1990, Kay was conducting a band in which Sherrie Maricle was playing the drums. Stanley immediately picked up on her extraordinary talent and began to wonder if there were other women players who could perform at the same level. The search was on and through nationwide auditions, the foundation for DIVA was poured in June 1992, and what emerged is the dynamic musical force that holds forth to the present day. 

Since their premiere performance over 25 years ago (March 30, 1993 at New York University), DIVA has toured the world to critical and popular acclaim. 

In addition to the previously named venues, DIVA has also performed at Verizon Jazz Festival at Lincoln Center; Blue Note; and Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center. 

DIVA has also shared the stage with Nancy Wilson, Joe Williams, Diane Schuur, DeeDee Bridgewater, Rosemary Clooney, Ann Hampton Callaway, Jack Jones, Clark Terry, Dr. Billy Taylor, Terry Gibbs, Tommy Newsom, Randy Brecker, Dave Brubeck and more. 

About the Presidential Performing and Visual Arts Series

The Presidential Performing and Visual Arts Series at Texas A&M University-Kingsville is a year-long program of art, music and theatre performances that bring culture and variety to Kingsville for faculty, staff, students and community audiences. The series strives to provide a new element of learning outside the classroom for students as they are entertained and educated through diverse mediums. Community members are welcome to continue life-long learning by attending these events. 

For more information about the Texas A&M-Kingsville Presidential Performing and Visual Arts Series, contact the Office of Student Activities at 361-593-2760.

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liloscarcantuMuseum reception, exhibit to honor Li'l Oscar CantuKingsville boxer Li’l Oscar Cantu will be honored Saturday, Aug. 25, at the John E. Conner Museum on the campus of Texas A&M University-Kingsville. A reception will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. to unveil a new permanent exhibit highlighting Cantu’s career.Museum reception, exhibit to honor Li'l Oscar Cantu/events/2018/08/liloscarcantuKingsvillesite://Kingsville/events/2018/08/liloscarcantusite-mapYes//15345405000001537506000000Test 1John E. Conner Museum

Kingsville boxer Li’l Oscar Cantu will be honored Saturday, Aug. 25, at the John E. Conner Museum on the campus of Texas A&M University-Kingsville. A reception will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. to unveil a new permanent exhibit highlighting Cantu’s career.

The permanent home of Li’l Oscar Cantu exhibit will be in the Gallery of South Texas History. “We are very excited about the new exhibit highlighting local champion boxer Li’l Oscar,” said Jonathan Plant, museum director. “We are very thankful for the generous support and cooperation of the Cantu family in making this exhibit possible.”

“We are very excited about the new exhibit featuring Lil’ Oscar. He is a bona fide star from Kingsville and a role model to so many of our youth. We’re are constantly working to bring the Conner Museum to new audiences and increase support for our university’s museum, so this is a neat opportunity to do that,” said Brad Walker, vice president for advancement and external affairs at Texas A&M-Kingsville.

The reception, sponsored by the Conner Museum and the university’s Office of Development, will begin at 5 p.m. with refreshments and a cash bar. A special presentation and the unveiling of the exhibit will begin at 6 p.m.

Autographed photos of Li’l Oscar will be available for a fee. There also will be an auction of commemorative donated by Li’l Oscar.

All funds raised will be used to benefit children’s programs at the Conner Museum. 

The Conner Museum is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays, and closed Sundays and most university holidays. Admission is free. For more information, call 361-593-2810.

 

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