Jazz Series 2021-22

Purchase tickets to the webcast at www.lawrence.edu/conservatory/box_office/tickets or call the box office at 920-832-6749.
Ticket price: $10 + processing fee

(Limited to current Lawrence students, faculty, and staff only)
Purchase tickets in person at the box office or call the box office at 920-832-6749. Valid Lawrence ID must be presented.
Ticket (assigned seats) prices:
Lawrence faculty and staff - $10 / $9
Lawrence students - free


Dave RivelloFred Sturm Jazz Celebration Weekend

Dave Rivello with the Lawrence University Jazz Ensemble

Friday, November 5, 2021, 7:30 p.m.

Dave Rivello directs the award-winning New Jazz Ensemble at the Eastman School of Music. In addition to this, Dave is also a freelance composer/arranger/music copyist. He has served as composer-in-residence at a number of schools, writing for their ensembles and giving clinics and private lessons. His residencies have been sponsored by Meet The Composer, Harvard Project Zero, and The New York Council of the Arts. He leads the Dave Rivello Ensemble, his own twelve-member group, which plays his original compositions. Dave has written for and been commissioned by The Smithsonian Institute, The Youngstown Symphony Orchestra, The Penfield Symphony Orchestra, The Penfield Music Commission Project, The Youngstown State University Jazz Ensemble, David Taylor, Phil Woods, Gene Bertoncini, Randy Brecker, Jiggs Whigham, Billy Hart, and The Bill Kirchner Nonet. His music has been widely performed throughout the United States, as well as in Germany.

Dave received his bachelor of music degree from the Dana School Of Music at Youngstown State University, where he completed a dual major of trumpet performance (jazz emphasis) and a music education degree. While at YSU, Dave took private lessons with Sam D’Angelo focusing on composition, arranging, and music theory. He moved to Rochester, New York, in 1987 to attend the Eastman School of Music, where he completed his Masters degree in Jazz and Contemporary writing. During that time, he won the Down Beat magazine award for “Best Original Extended Composition”, and the International Association of Jazz Educators award for “Best Original Large Ensemble Composition”.

As a music copyist, Dave has worked for Bob Brookmeyer, Joseph Schwantner, Kenny Werner, Donald Hunsberger, Rayburn Wright, Bob Belden, Manny Albam, and Bill Dobbins. His music is currently being published by Advance Music in Germany, UNC Jazz Press, GIA Publications, and The Penfield Music Commission Project.

Ike Sturm + HeartFred Sturm Jazz Celebration Weekend

Ike Sturm + Heart, feat. Donny McCaslin and the Lawrence Chamber Orchestra

Saturday, November 6, 2021, 7:30 p.m.

Bassist and composer Ike Sturm was raised in a musical home in Wisconsin, learning from his father, renowned composer and arranger, Fred Sturm. Ike has performed with Gene Bertoncini, Theo Bleckmann, Ingrid Jensen, Donny McCaslin, Bobby McFerrin, Ben Monder, Maria Schneider and Kenny Wheeler. He has played on four Downbeat award-winning recordings, as well as several Steve Reich releases on Canteloupe and Nonesuch Records. He has performed with Alarm Will Sound and the International Contemporary Ensemble, along with numerous creative ensembles in New York.

Ike studied jazz and classical bass and composition while earning undergraduate and graduate degrees at the Eastman School of Music. In addition, he drew inspiration from studies with legendary bassist Dave Holland.

Saint Peter’s Church in Manhattan, where Sturm served as Music Director for the Jazz Ministry from 2004-2021, commissioned him to compose Jazz Mass, a work for voices, strings and soloists that merges diverse musical languages into a powerfully unified aesthetic. The piece was released to critical international acclaim, named one of Downbeat’s “Best Albums of the Year” and has been performed across the U.S., Scandinavia and Europe.

ENDLESS FIELD, Ike’s ambient acoustic duo with guitarist Jesse Lewis has been featured live on WBGO New York’s “The Checkout” and on NPR. Their eponymous 2017 album was released on Biophilia Records and includes GRAMMY-winning soloist Donny McCaslin. The project aims to engage others in environmental awareness and activism through music and volunteer activities. In 2019 Ike and Jesse trekked to Utah to record a live wilderness album using a solar-powered battery, collaborating with National Geographic videographers and L.A. sound engineers. Alive in the Wilderness was released to critical acclaim in 2020. Endless Field has been featured live on NYC’s “The Checkout” on WBGO and National Public Radio (NPR).  Ike is currently touring, finishing a new album for HEART and composing three new large-scale commissions in 2021-2022 for Notre Dame and the Rochester Symphony Orchestra. www.ikesturm.com