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March 22, 2002

BRIGHT STAR PERFORMANCE IS A ROLLERCOASTER OF JAZZ

LA CROSSE, Wis.--- Prepare your ears for an exciting evening at Viterbo’s Fine Arts Main Theatre on Thursday, April 11 at 7:30 p.m. with the Regina Carter Quintet, which has captivated audiences around the world.

Times Magazine raves that the Regina Carter Quintet is "wonderfully listenable, probingly intelligent and, at times, breathtakingly daring."

This jazz phenomenon combines elements of jazz, funk, African, Brazilian, and soul music into her performances.  Violinist Regina Carter is accompanied by her band-piano, bass, drums, and guitar-the Quintet exudes a fresh approach to the world of jazz.

One of the most significant, versatile, and innovative violinists to emerge on the jazz scene in decades, Carter has been selected to put her permanent stamp on collaborations with artists as diverse as Wynton Marsalis, Lauryn Hill, Cassandra Wilson, Oliver Lake, Max Roach, Mary J. Blige, Aretha Franklin, Steve Turre, Billy Joel, and Dolly Parton.

She has won acclaim for her solos on Wynton Marsalis’ Blood On The Fields tour and Cassandra Wilson’s recent Travelin’ Miles concert at New York’s Lincoln Center.

Carter began playing piano at the age of two but switched to the violin at four.  She developed a funk-driven style from her hometown of Detroit, where blues, soul, and swing were shaped and absorbed into the musical scene from the yards, mills, and factories of the industrial city.

With an aggressive approach to her instrument, guided control of her bow, and an often giddy sense of humor, the Regina Carter Quintet is a musical adventure that leaves the audience wanting more.

The Regina Carter Quintet is sponsored by WXOW-TV 19 and supported, in part, by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin.

Ticket prices are $22.  For more information, contact the Viterbo Box Office at 796-3100 or email at boxoffice@viterbo.edu.

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