Friday, Nov. 6, 2009 12:30 pm


GRINNELL, IA—The Grinnell Symphony Orchestra and Grinnell Jazz Ensemble will combine performances with guest artists James Bovinette on trumpet, vocalist Kimberly Fitch, and composer Robert Nelson for an afternoon of jazz, Sun., Nov. 15 at 4 p.m. in Herrick Chapel on the Grinnell College campus.

The jazz performance will feature Nelson’s “Up South” for jazz band and orchestra, with solos by Bovinette and saxophonist Damani Phillips. Nelson, who will be present for the performance, premiered “Up South” in 2003 while on the faculty of the University of Houston’s Moores School of Music. The program also includes Nelson’s arrangements of Creole songs sung by Fitch, mezzo-soprano.

Fitch, who has performed with several Grinnell ensembles previously, is an active artist and accompanist for Des Moines area groups including the Des Moines Symphony and the Des Moines Gay Men’s Chorus. Guest trumpeter Bovinette directs the jazz ensemble at Iowa State University and has recorded with his own jazz quartet.

Phillips, who directs the Grinnell Jazz Ensemble and teaches jazz composition, history, and improvisation, is actively sought as a guest artist, clinician, and adjudicator throughout the U.S. He joined the Grinnell faculty in 2007 and will release an album next year of original compositions and arrangements that combine traditional jazz with a string quartet.

The Grinnell Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Eric McIntyre, associate professor of music, is an auditioned ensemble that performs five to seven concerts annually. The combined November performance is free and open to the public; no tickets are required. Herrick Chapel is located at 1128 Park St. on the Grinnell campus.