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Arts Alive to present jazz musician Matt Herskowitz

Matt Herskowitz will perform on Saturday, May 9, at 7 p.m. at the Robinson/Olsson Civic Auditorium and Fine Arts Center in West Point.

The public is invited to attend the season finale of the Arts Alive concert series on Saturday, May 9, at 7 p.m. for a performance by Matt Herskowitz at the Robinson/Olsson Civic Auditorium and Fine Arts Center in West Point. 

Uniquely combining the superlative technique of a classical virtuoso with his prowess in jazz, world music and free improvisation, pianist, composer and arranger Matt Herskowitz has carved out a unique and personal voice in music.

His newest release for Justin Time Records is “Matt Herskowitz Upstairs,” a solo outing ranging from Gershwin to Schumann to Dave Brubeck. The album also features originals by Herskowitz, including “Bella’s Lament” and “Bach à la Jazz.” In naming the release “Solo Album of the Year,” Le Devoir declared: “Herskowitz deploys his art with a rare passion, but without ever sacrificing musicality. Exceptional technique, precise sense of nuance, Herskowitz here brilliantly fuses his mastery of jazz and classical.”

“Upstairs” follows up Herskowitz’s critically-acclaimed, Juno-nominated world music fusion album “Jerusalem Trilogy,” which features the pianist’s original compositions and arrangements in his signature synthesis of contemporary jazz and classical styles, combined with a unique blend of Arab and Jewish grooves.

Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors (65 and over), and $10 for students. Tickets can be purchased by phone at 804-843-3475, online, or by email at . Group rates are available at $15 each for groups of 10 or more. For more information, visit the Arts Alive website at 

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posted 04.29.2015

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