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The Purchase Jazz Orchestra and the Purchase College Soul Voices Gospel Ensemble in Concert March 13

Date Released: 2/29/2008

The Purchase College Conservatory of Music presents “Gospel Through a Jazz Lens,” featuring the Purchase Jazz Orchestra and the Purchase College Soul Voices Gospel Ensemble, with guest conductor Pete Malinverni, March 13 at 7:30 PM in the Performing Arts Center. The highlight of the evening is the world premiere of a new composition, The Good Shepherd, by Professor Malinverni. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased by calling the Box Office at 914-251-6200 or visiting

Purchase College, State University of New York, is located at 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, N.Y.

The Good Shepherd is a suite in six movements for gospel choir and jazz orchestra with texts taken from the 23rd Psalm of King David.

The Purchase Jazz Orchestra is the 17-piece big band of the Conservatory of Music.

The Soul Voices Gospel Ensemble is a diverse 82-voice choir comprised of students from all disciplines at Purchase College.

Pete Malinverni teaches jazz piano at the Purchase College School of the Arts, Conservatory of Music. He is a highly respected pianist on the local and national club scene, as well as concert performer both here and abroad. He is also a composer of great depth, passion and individuality, and has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Meet the Composer Foundation. Since 1993 he has served as church musician at the Devoe Street Baptist Church in Brooklyn, exposing him to the music of the African-American church which has influenced his compositions of suites for gospel choir and jazz ensemble. In 2006, he released Joyful!, a CD/DVD recording of a live concert of his gospel/jazz compositions with ArtistShare. He received his master of music degree from Purchase College, and his bachelor’s degree from the Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam.

The concert is part of the yearlong campus-wide programming initiative “Africa and the African Diaspora.”