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“It’s All About the Music” this Friday in the Alkek

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This Friday night in Weatherford College’s Alkek Fine Arts Center “It’s All About the Music” with a concert featuring WC’s Duane Durrett and friends.

The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m., and admission is free. The event is dedicated to former WC guitar instructor Raymond George who passed away on April 1.

“This concert is about different styles of music that have influenced me in my musical life,” Durrett said. “Gospel, blues, music from the American Songbook, traditional country and western, dance and jazz make up that influence.”

Durrett, WC’s Dean of Fine Arts, has a 50-year career as a professional drummer. He founded the WC Jazz Studies program and has performed/recorded with the likes of Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, David “Fathead” Newman, Fred Sanders, Chuck Berry and many more.

Joining Durrett are pianists Kelly Durbin and Dr. Hyeyoung Song, bassist Lou Harlas, saxophonist Quamon Fowler, violinist Lemeng Zhang and vocalist Sandra Kay.

Durbin is a full time director of the University of Texas at Dallas Jazz Ensemble. He has performed with the Woody Herman Orchestra, Shelly Carroll, David Newman, Cornell Dupree and Marchel Ivery.

Song is WC’s artist-in-residence at the Weatherford campus and is working to build a world-class piano program at WC. She has performed around the world including Carnegie Hall and the American Cathedral in Paris.

Harlas has toured with the Duke Ellington Orchestra, Ella Fitzgerald, Branford Marsalis, Frank Foster, David Leibman and many other international artists. Lou also teaches jazz studies at the University of Texas at Arlington and music courses at Eastfield College and Cedar Valley College in Dallas.

Fowler is a graduate of WC and is currently the artist-in-residence for the School of Church Music at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth. He has released six critically-acclaimed CDs.

Zhang is WC’s newest artist-in-residence at the WC Wise County campus. She teaches intermediate and advanced violin and recently finished first in the International Golden Classical Music Awards.

Kaye has performed throughout the United States, Japan, China, France, Greece Spain and West Africa. She has appeared with Dionne Warwick, Patti Austin, The Platters, The Drifters, Blue Lou Marini, David Newman and sang the National Anthem for the Texas Rangers.

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