Jazz violinist Christian Howes will headline the 49th annual Penfield Jazz Fundraiser Concerts at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 8-9 in the Penfield High School auditorium, 25 High School Drive.
Since 2011, performer, educator and composer Howes has been voted No. 1 in the Downbeat Critics Poll — “Rising Stars/Violin” — named among the top three jazz violinists in the JazzTimes critics poll and nominated for Violinist of the Year by the Jazz Journalist Association.
He received the Residency Partner Award through Chamber Music America for residencies in school orchestras, earned a USArtists grant through the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation and was invited by the U.S. State Department to teach and perform as a cultural ambassador in Ukraine and Montenegro.
Howes is the founder of “Creative Strings,” a nonprofit organization with a mission to expand music education through the creation of online curriculum, an annual summer conference, and dozens of visits to schools annually to teach improvisation, contemporary styles and related subjects.
The Penfield Jazz Fundraiser Concerts have taken place annually for 48 years and have featured Clark Terry, Eddie Daniels, Russell Malone, James Carter, Kevin Mahogany, Regina Carter, Tia Fuller, Jake Shimabukuro and Sean Jones. Howes will perform with all of the Penfield School District’s jazz groups, including jazz ensembles, jazz choirs, the 100-plus-piece studio orchestra and The Penfield Swingin’ Strings, a multi-aged group of violinists performing an original piece of music commissioned specially for the group.
Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students and will be available Jan. 7 at phsmusic.booktix.com or in person at Penfield High School.