SELINSGROVE — Susquehanna University’s Artist Series will present the Branford Marsalis Quartet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3, in Weber Chapel Auditorium.
Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, and $5 for non-SU students.
Saxophonist Branford Marsalis is one of the most influential and revered figures in contemporary music. The NEA Jazz Master, Grammy Award winner and Tony Award nominee is equally at home performing concertos with symphony orchestras and sitting in with members of the Grateful Dead, but the core of his musical universe remains the Branford Marsalis Quartet.
After more than three decades of existence with minimal personnel changes, this celebrated ensemble is revered for its uncompromising interpretation of a kaleidoscopic range of both original compositions and jazz and popular classics. After the Grammy‐nominated Upward Spiral, on which guest vocalist Kurt Elling was seamlessly integrated into the group, the Quartet has followed up with the Grammy‐nominated “The Secret Between the Shadow and the Soul,” its most emotionally wide‐ranging and melody-driven collection to date.
John Zeugner captured the impact of the Quartet in a live performance in a recent concert review, calling it “casually confident, professional, cerebral and supercharged with energy. The Branford Marsalis Quartet … was all of those adjectives and more.”
Susquehanna’s Artist Series seeks to encourage an aesthetic appreciation of diverse cultures as well as the artistic heritage of humankind. Performances are often linked in ways that advance intellectual engagement through master classes, lectures, or content of the artistic presentation.
Tickets can be purchased in person at the Degenstein Center Box Office Monday through Friday while classes are in session, 12 p.m. noon to 5 p.m.; by calling 570-372-ARTS; or online at https://susqu.universitytickets.com/.