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April 11: Jazz Saxophonist to Give Free Concert at Weis Center

Jazz saxophonist Melissa Aldana will perform on Wednesday, April 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the Weis Center Atrium Lobby. The performance is free and tickets are not required.

There will be a free pre-performance talk immediately before the performance, from 6:45 to 7:15 p.m., also in the Atrium Lobby.

The band will include Melissa Aldana on saxophone, Sam Harris on piano, Pablo Menares on bass and Tommy Crane on drums.

Aldana follows up her 2014 Concord release Melissa Aldana & Crash Trio album with the explorative and deeply swinging Back Home, this time released on the Wommusic label.

The New York Times calls the album “a supremely focused statement.”

In 2013 she became the first female instrumentalist and the first South American ever to win the Thelonious Monk Competition. She is also a recipient of the Martin E. Segal Award from Jazz at Lincoln Center and a double recipient of the Altazor Award, Chile’s highly prestigious national arts prize.

This engagement is made possible by a grant from Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation as part of its Mid Atlantic Tours program with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

For more information about this performance contact Lisa Leighton, marketing and outreach director, at 570-577-3727 or

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