Young Jazz Violinist Performs at RIT March 23
March 14, 2001
by Vienna Carvalho-McGrain
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The final installment of the 2000—2001 Performing Artist Series at Rochester Institute of Technology features a performance by jazz violinist Miri Ben-Ari at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 23, in Ingle Auditorium, Student Alumni Union.
During her mandatory military service in Israel, she was chosen to play with the prestigious Israeli Army String Quartet and became intrigued by the music of Charlie Parker and other American jazz musicians. Following a move to the United States, she studied jazz at the Mannes School of Music in New York City.
Ben Ari's first recording, Sahara, featured guitarist Mark Whitfield. She has performed with Betty Carter, the Billy Hart Band, David Kikoski, Les Paul, Cassandra Wilson and Manhattan Transfer. She recently collaborated with legendary trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, featured on Ben-Ari's new CD, Song of the Promised Land.
She has also branched out into the pop, urban, hip hop, R&B and Dance scene and has recorded and appeared with Seal, Mariah Carey, Luther Vandross and Wyclef Jean.
Tickets for the performance—$15 for the general public—are available at the SAU candy counter and game room. Visa and Mastercard accepted.
For more information, call RIT's game room at 475-2239.