Renowned Jazz Musician Headlines Final Performance in Mount Saint Charles Academy’s 2014-2015 Performing Arts Series

WOONSOCKET, RI – On Thursday, February 12th at 7 p.m., Mount Saint Charles Academy will welcome in concert jazz musician Artie Montanaro for “An Evening with Artie Montanaro and Friends” in the school’s gymnasium. This event will be the final performance in Mount’s 2014-2015 Performing Arts Series.

Established during the 2013-2014 school year, in celebration of Mount’s 90th anniversary and to promote the arts in northern Rhode Island, this series has featured prominent artists who have performed and collaborated with MSC students as well as with local school and community performers. The mission of the Performing Arts Series has been to provide audiences, students, and guests with a memorable experience of music, drama, dance, and visual arts. Several renowned musicians have participated in this series over the past two years. They include distinguished liturgical composers Dan Schutte and Tom Kendzia; Grammy nominated Jazz musician Greg Abate; acclaimed saxophone ensemble The Sultans of Sax; and internationally known Italian Tenor Carmine Orsini.

Artie Montanaro’s resume includes some of the biggest names in the music business. He has played trombone with such well-known stars as Tony Bennett, Harry Connick Jr., Josh Groban, Diana Ross, Natalie Cole, Liberace, Frank Sinatra Jr., and Paul Anka in addition to performing in numerous United States tours with the Buddy Rich Band, the Artie Shaw Orchestra, the 70’s pop band Tavares, and in a Japan tour with jazz pianist Makoto Ozone. Montanaro has also performed in the touring Broadway productions of The ProducersYoung Frankenstein, and West Side Story and on the Dick Tracy movie soundtrack with Boston’s White Heats Swing Orchestra.

A freelance Providence and Boston trombonist and the Director of Instrumental Music at Cranston High School West in Rhode Island, Montanaro has recorded with and regularly plays with the Kenny Hadley Big Band, the John Allmark Jazz Orchestra, and the Greg Hopkins Jazz Orchestra. He has also recorded with Mount’s Performing Arts Series alumnus Greg Abate and Rhode Island entertainer Ronnie Rose.

“The concert will begin with Artie Montanaro performing as a guest soloist with Mount’s two jazz bands,” Marc Blanchette, Mount’s Music Director, said.  “After a brief intermission, the Artie Montanaro Sextet will entertain the audience with a set of amazing jazz. Artie will be joined by trumpet virtuoso John Allmark and an all-star band. A highlight of the second half will be a collaboration between the Artie Montanaro Sextet and three Mount students, performing ‘The Hippest Cat in Hollywood’ by Horace Silver and ‘Stolen Moments’ by Oliver Nelson.”

Tickets for “An Evening with Artie Montanaro & Friends” are $10 and are available by calling Mount’s Main Office at 401-769-0310. For more information, on the Academy’s 2014-2015 Performing Arts Series, please visit www.mountsaintcharles.org/performingartsseries.

Press is asked to contact Penny Federici at 401-368-9709 or by email, federicip@staff.mountsaintcharles.org

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