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Concert Highlight

Performing Artists Concert Series: Rod Blumenau and the Upstate Dixieland Jass Band

Rod Blumenau has assembled a group of outstanding Dixieland musicians who will authentically perform music from the 19s and 20s. The Band: Rod Blumenau (piano); Tim Clarke (trumpet/cornet); Ron "PeeWee" Joseph (clarinet); Mark Kellogg (trombone); Brad Paxton (drums); and Jeff Campbell on bass.

Friday, April 6, 2018 - 8:00pm

Faculty Profile

Meet Dr. Jenny VälitaloDirector of RIT Orchestra and Visiting Lecturer

What is your background? I was born in northern Sweden, in a small town above the arctic circle. I love snow and actually learned to ski before I could walk. I might be the happiest person on campus during winter! I came to the U.S. in 2004 as a Fulbright scholar and have enjoyed living and working in Boston and Rochester. My musical career began in church choir at age 4. I have since performed on five continents and taught music classes in 24 countries. My community work and involvement with organizations promoting education and cultural exchange have allowed me opportunities to share the joy of music while fostering social and academic growth for children and youth in developing countries as well as urban settings.