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Concert at EWU salutes Harold Arlen

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Eastern Washington University’s music department will present a musical salute to the late composer Harold Arlen in a concert tonight on the Cheney campus.

Arlen, who would have turned 100 this year, is known for such standards as “Over the Rainbow,” “That Old Black Magic,” “Stormy Weather,” “Let’s Fall in Love,” “I’ve Got the World on a String” and “It’s Only a Paper Moon.”

Those and others will be performed tonight by jazz pianist Tony Caramia, a professor at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y., and vocalist Jody Graves, an EWU faculty member. There also will be a multimedia presentation on Arlen’s life and the many acclaimed artists who performed his songs.

The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. in EWU’s Music Building Recital Hall. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and students. For more information, call 359-2241.

Panida piano concert

Pianist Scott Kirby will present a wide-ranging program of pieces from North and South America and the Caribbean in a concert Friday at 7:30 p.m. in Sandpoint’s Panida Theater.

Kirby, a Sandpoint resident who began his professional music career in New Orleans, has composed more than 125 pieces and recorded 23 CDs, including the complete rags of Scott Joplin. He is music director of the Rocky Mountain Ragtime Festival and Institute in Boulder, Colo.

Friday’s program will feature works in styles ranging from ragtime to Creole, Brazilian to blues, by Kirby and such composers as Stephen Foster, Manuel Ponce and Jelly Roll Morton. Kirby will discuss each piece during the performance.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for students 18 and under, in advance in Sandpoint at Pack River Potions, Monarch Mountain Coffee and Eve’s Leaves, and at the door. For credit card orders or more information, call (208) 255-7801.

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