The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, July 23, 1998, Summer Edition, Page 10, Image 10

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    Seinfeld to appear in Omaha
From Staff Reports
“Seinfeld” fans used to feel
lucky to see Jerry Seinfelf once a
week, on television.
But this weekend, they can see
him four times, live.
Comedian Jerry Seinfeld takes
the stage this Friday and Saturday in
Omaha with two shows each night,
the first at 7 p.m. and the second at 10
Seinfeld, whose Emmy-award
winning series “Seinfeld” ended its
run last spring, has gone back to his
stand-up comedy roots and is touring
the United States.
Seinfeld will appear this weekend
at the Orpheum theater, 409 S. 16th
St. in Omaha, both Friday and
Saturday nights. Tickets are still
available for both shows and are
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Camp encourages experimentation
By Barb Churchill
Staff Reporter
Children and jazz definitely mix.
The 1998 Nebraska Jazz Camp,
sponsored by the Nebraska Jazz
Orchestra, should help more high
school age individuals find that out, said
Jason Keagy, assistant director of Arts
Incorporated and occasional trombonist
for the Nebraska Jazz Orchestra.
Arts Incorporated is an umbrella
group which contains the NJO, the
Lincoln Municipal Band, the Nebraska
Brass and the Lincoln Civic Orchestra,
among others.
Keagy enjoys working with these
groups because it’s another way to edu
cate the community and promote live
music, he said.
“It gives me an opportunity to see
another side of music. For years, I’ve
played music, and I enjoy helping to pro
vide more opportunities for musicians
and listeners,” Keagy said.
This year’s Nebraska Jazz Camp
provides different performing opportu
nities for the nascent jazz musician,
including two full jazz big bands, mas
terclasses with various instructors on
subjects such as jazz theory and jazz
improvisation, faculty performances in
various locations and the opportunity to
play in a jazz combo. Every one of the
40 students at this year’s camp will play
in a small group, Keagy said.
Keagy, who was involved in every
aspect of preparations for this year Is camp,
appreciates working at Arts Incorporated
because of their emphasis on providing
music and helping tram musicians.
“It’s a win-win situation. It helps
develop their playing skills and also
develops a bigger audience for jazz
music in our community,” Keagy said.
The'emphasis on live music is very
important, said Nebraska Jazz Camp
percussion instructor Joey Gulizia.
“I think (providing this camp) is one
of the ways we are able to keep jazz
alive, because we don’t hear enough
jazz on the radio and we don’t see
enough of it on TV So, working with
students who are young is a great way of
preserving jazz,” Gulizia said. “One of
the neat things about doing a camp like
this is to keep (jazz) growing and grow
ing and spreading.”
Jazz is not all one style of music,
and is not just about improvisation, said
trombone instructor Todd Thatcher.
“(This camp) is a good opportunity
to give (the students) exposure to sever
al different styles of jazz that they
wouldn’t get in their high school or
junior high programs,” Thatcher said.
“It gives them a varied influence to start
exploring and decide whether they like
(jazz) or not”
Keagy, a 1997 graduate of the
University of Nebraska-Lincoln in
music education, said students needed
to have a safe place in which to conceive
of new concepts. The Nebraska Jazz
Camp was designed to give the young
and faint-of-heart a place to improve
musically, he said.
‘ ‘Anytime you’re in a new environment
with students you don’t know, and with fac
ulty you don’t know, it can be intimidating.
But once (the students) are actually in the
environment, once they get to know their
peers and the faculty better, they can start to
experiment abit,” Keagy said.
Trumpet instructor Brian Grasmick
believes die improvisation classes and
the emphasis on small group perfor
mance is beneficial to students, he said.
“When we were their age, there was
nothing like this to help us learn the
craft, and many of us had to wait a lot
later in life to learn this,” Grasmick said.
“So, (the jazz camp is) a chance for (the
students) to rub shoulders with guys
that are professionals. They don’t get
that much in their environment, so itfs a
super thing for them.”
Students Seth School, a saxophon
ist, and John Albin, a percussionist,
agreed with Keagy fe assessment
‘I’m really impressed with the fac
ulty and their knowledge of not only
jazz, but they also know how to teach it,”
While Schoen’s emphasis was on
the worthiness of the faculty and their
teaching experience, Albin’s was on the
performance opportunities provided
“I like die combos. At school, I play in
the big band, and I enjoy the opportunity
to play in a smaller group,” Albin said
This was exactly what Arts
Incorporated and the NJO had in mind,
Keagy said
“(This camp) is an opportunity for
high school age students and up to get a
chance to perform,” he said. “There are
more opportunities to perform here than
at most of their various high schools and
junior high schools.” The NJO, in con
junction with the 1998 Nebraska Jazz
Camp, has several free concerts that are
open to the public, Keagy said.
Thursday, a six-piece sextet from the
Nebraska Jazz Camp faculty will per
form in front of the Nebraska Union
during the University Program
Council’s Grassy Grooves series. In
addition, the NJO will perform for the
jazz camp students in an open concert at
7:30 p.m. in the Rodgers Fine Arts
Theatre, located on the campus of
Nebraska Wesleyan University on the
comer of 50th and Huntington streets.
The final concert of the Nebraska Jazz
Camp, featuring both jazz big bands
and every student combo, will be held
Friday afternoon at 4 in the Rodgers
Fine Arts Theatre. Admission to all
events is free.
James Valentine contributed to
this story.
‘Aladdin’ to rely on crowd participation
ALADDIN from page 9
the original story.
“We didn’t want to perpetuate the
‘helpless princess’ stereotype’,”
Libman said.
And unlike the Disney version,
there won’t be a monkey or an ani
mated flying carpet. Children should
still be drawn to the play because of
the flashy costumes and the invita
tion to fully participate, Libman said.
“Children will be more likely to
participate in this because no single
child will be singled out,” Libman
Libman said the biggest concern
was not children being shy, but when
the children in the play start to get
into the roles that they’re playing.
“It’s harder to get them calmed
down when you need them to,”
Libman said.
Though the play centers on and
encourages children to participate,
Libman said “Aladdin” was a pro
duction that could be enjoyed at any
“Good theater is good theater,”
Libman said. “Adults will enjoy the
show just as well as children.”
Tickets are $3 for the in-the
round performance. The play runs
Friday at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.,
Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and
Sunday at 2 p.m.
presents the
Nebraska Jazz Sextet
July 23td, 12noon- 1p.m.
Ixicated nm the green area between the Nebraska Union
and the *cNhiistra:ion Raiding.
Hot Dog and pop for $1.00
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