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Jazz Ensemble to Perform at Church Farm Concert

Written by Jack Meltzer

Willimantic, CT -  Eastern Connecticut State University will present "An Afternoon at the Farm" on May 2 at 2:30 p.m. at the Church Farm Center for the Arts and Sciences Center in Ashford.  Eastern's Jazz Ensemble, along with Eastern's Chamber Singers and Percussion Ensemble, will perform a variety of music ranging from jazz to madrigals. A reception with food and drinks will follow.  The public is invited. Admission is free.

David Belles, director of vocal studies and conductor of the Chambers Singers, will collaborate with Jeff Calissi, assistant professor of music and conductor of the Percussion Ensemble, to also present traditional African songs.  Joseph Tominelli, saxophone player for the Willimantic Amphibian Jazz Ensemble, will lead the Eastern Jazz Ensemble in renditions of standards such George Gershwin's classic "I Got Rhythm."

The main objective of "An Afternoon at the Farm" is to better connect community members and Eastern's faculty, staff and students. The Church Farm is an 80-acre historic farm that was donated to the Joshua's Tract Conservation and Historic Trust Inc. by Joseph and Dorothy Zaring in 1985, and then added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1988. A large portion of the historic Church Farm has been given to Eastern Connecticut State University to be managed as a research area, but the farm also contains trails and areas that are open to the public.

If you have any questions please contact Carmen Cid, dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, at (860) 465-5294 or


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