Jazz lovers are invited to “feel the vibes” as the Michigan State University College of Music welcomes its first-ever vibraphonist to campus for an inspired week long residency of teaching, touring and performing on campus and in Michigan
Jazz vibraphonist Stefon Harris will be at MSU from February 21-February 27 to mentor students through the MSU Federal Credit Union Jazz Artist in Residence program. While in residence, Harris will acquaint students and the community with the versatility of a prominent jazz instrument through a six-day stretch of workshops, campus concerts and outreach. The esteemed vibraphonist and composer will also hit the road with MSU Jazz Orchestra I to work and perform with music and jazz programs at public high schools in Oxford, Plymouth, and Fraser.
Harris is the third of the four scheduled jazz artists coming to MSU for weeklong residencies through the MSUFCU Jazz Artist in Residence program. The dynamic 2021-22 lineup of working musicians, educators and composers include artists Renee Rosnes, piano (October 2021); Lewis Nash, drums (November-December 2021); Stefon Harris, vibraphone (February 2022); and jazz vocalist Vanessa Rubin (March 2022).
Harris’s week-long residency includes performances featuring MSU Jazz Orchestras I, II and III on Friday, Feb. 25 at 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. in Murray Hall. Reserved seating tickets are $17 for adults, $15 for seniors (age 60 and older) and $7 for students.
To help maintain a safe concert-going experience, proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of the concert is required of all attendees ages 12 and up. This policy is part of new university directives for COVID-19 announced Jan. 1. Details can be found on the College of Music’s website under MSU MusicCOVID-19 directives, along with answers to commonly asked questions on the College’s FAQ webpage.
Information on this and other concerts, recitals and performances can be found on the MSU College of Music website: www.music.msu.edu.
Monday, Feb. 21, Rehearsals and Workshops with MSU Jazz Orchestras and Jazz Area Students
Tuesday, Feb. 22, Press Day, MSFCU Blue Monday at MSUFCU Headquarters (registration is required)
Thursday, Feb. 24, Concert and Workshops at Oxford High School, Oxford, Michigan
Friday, Feb. 25, MSU Murray Hall with MSU Jazz Orchestras, 6:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 26, Performance at The Village Theatre at Cherry Hill with Plymouth Canton High School
Sunday, Feb. 27, Workshops and 4:00 p.m. Concert at Fraser High School, Fraser, Michigan