Columbia College Chicago Establishes The William Russo Endowed Scholarship for Excellence in Music


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The William Russo Endowed Scholarship for Excellence in Music to be Announced

The Music Department of Columbia College Chicago will announce a new scholarship in honor of renowned composer/conductor William Russo (1928 – 2003) – the Music Department’s founder and chairperson of almost 40 years – as part of the Chicago Jazz Ensemble's Saturday, October 8 performance, “An Evening with Cedar Walton and Corky Siegel.”

The concert will include a tribute to Russo featuring a film retrospective of his career. Russo’s work as an educator will be remembered by his former student, Chicago Reader Arts Critic Albert Williams. Columbia College Chicago’s Music Department Chairperson, J. Richard Dunscomb, will announce the new scholarship. Blues harmonica master Corky Siegel will perform the solo “Corky,” from Chicago Suite No. 2 – a piece written especially for him by Russo.

The Chicago Jazz Ensemble, in residence at Columbia College Chicago since 1965, performs under the direction of its new artistic director, the internationally celebrated trumpeter, composer and educator Jon Faddis. This twenty-one-member group of exceptional Chicago jazz musicians will be joined by two featured guests, the jazz pianist and composer Cedar Walton, and blues harmonica master, Chicago’s own Corky Siegel, for this special evening.

“An Evening with Cedar Walton and Corky Siegel”
The Chicago Jazz Ensemble with Jon Faddis, Artistic Director
Saturday, October 8 – 8:00 p.m.
Getz Theater, 62 East 11th Street, Chicago
$35 general admission, $12 students, $5 Columbia College students
tickets online: www.ticketweb.com or via telephone: 312.344.6270

Members of the community are welcome to contribute to the William Russo Endowed Scholarship for Musical Excellence. If you would like to be a part of strengthening this endowed scholarship in memory of William Russo, please call 312-344-6272.

Please visit the Chicago Jazz Ensemble at www.chijazz.com and find out more about music at Columbia College Chicago at www.music.colum.edu.

“Chicago Jazz Ensemble” is a trademark of Columbia College Chicago and the Chicago Jazz Ensemble. “Jon Faddis” is a trademark of Jon Faddis and Sleeping Cat Music, Inc.

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