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Dec. 19, 2006 Press Contact: Julia Morse
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The University of Chicago to host composer and pianist Uri Caine in concert next month as part of the Presidential Fellows in the Arts Series

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Uri Caine

What/Who: The University of Chicago Presidential Fellows in the Arts Series presents composer and pianist Uri Caine in a concert featuring his own extraordinary arrangements and reimaginings of music by Mozart and Mahler, with Joyce Hammann on violin, Moran Katz on clarinet, Ralph Alessi on trumpet, Drew Gress on bass, Ben Perowski on drums.

When: 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 30

Where: The University of Chicago, Mandel Hall, 1131 E. 57th St.

Background: Philadelphia-born Caine began his piano studies with Bernard Peiffer and spent his early career performing with many renowned bands, including those led by Philly Joe Jones, Hank Mobley, Johnny Coles, Mickey Roker, Odean Pope, Jymmie Merritt, Bootsie Barnes and Grover Washington. After attending the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied music composition under George Rochberg and George Crumb, Caine relocated to New York City. Caine has recorded 16 albums, including “Sphere Music,” “Toys,” “Love Fugue,” “Dark Flame” and “Shelf-Life,” his latest album. In recent years, Caine has performed with Don Byron, Dave Douglas, Terry Gibbs and Buddy DeFranco, Clark Terry, Rashid Ali, Arto Lindsay, Sam Rivers and Barry Alschul, the Woody Herman Band, Annie Ross, the Engja Band, Global Theory and the Master Musicians of Jajouka. Over the years, he has received commissions from the Vienna Volksoper, the Seattle Chamber Players, Relache, the Beaux Arts Trio, the Basel Chamber Orchestra and Concerto Köln. Caine has also received grants from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Pew Foundation. Throughout his career he has showcased his piano talent at jazz festivals, including the Montreal Jazz Festival and the Newport Jazz Festival, in addition to many classical music festivals around the world including the Munich Opera and the Israel Festival.

Tickets are on sale now: $15/general, $5 students with valid student ID. For tickets, contact The Art Speaks hotline at (773) 702-8080; or by email at; or visit the box office at 5720 S. Woodlawn Ave., Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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