Monday, March 19, 2007

Lavender Jazz returns to stage for spring concert with gospel and women’s choirs, March 24


Concert:Lavender Jazz spring concert, “Truth Be Told!”
Date and time: Saturday, March 24 at 7:30 p.m.
Location: Sauder Concert Hall, Goshen College Music Center
Cost: Admission to the concert is $6 general admission, $4 seniors and students, Goshen College students are free. Tickets are available at the door only.

GOSHEN, Ind. – Lavender Jazz, Goshen College’s “big band,” will present their spring concert “Truth Be Told!” at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 24 in Sauder Concert Hall at the Goshen College Music Center.

The concert will include a diverse program, including pieces by Miles Davis, Frank Foster, Dominic Spera, Kirk Franklin, Emilio Castillo, Stephen Kupka and Kenny G. Lavender Jazz will perform with special guests Goshen College Voices-n-Harmony Gospel Choir and Goshen College Women’s World Music Choir on several pieces.


Lavender Jazz’ classy presentation and energetic music – not to mention those purple ties – became an instant crowd-pleaser since its inception in the fall of 2003. The band is directed by Sonny Carreño, in his fourth year of directing Lavender Jazz, who is an adjunct professor in the Goshen College Music Department. He earned a bachelor’s degree in music education from Texas State University-San Marcos, and taught band for five years in the Victoria (Texas) Independent School District and taught English as a Second Language in Texas, Wis., and Indiana for 13 years. For nearly 30 years, Carreño has performed as a professional percussionist in a wide variety of styles and venues. Carreño recently joined local Americana group Double Barrel Darrel and has performed with the Anna Montgomery Band and the Tim Hochstetler Trio.


Admission to the concert is $6 general admission, $4 seniors and students. Goshen College students are free. Tickets are available at the door only. 

Editors: For more information about this release, to arrange an interview or request a photo, contact Goshen College News Bureau Director Jodi H. Beyeler at (574) 535-7572 or



Goshen College, established in 1894, is a four-year residential Christian liberal arts college rooted in the Anabaptist-Mennonite tradition. The college’s Christ-centered core values – passionate learning, global citizenship, compassionate peacemaking and servant-leadership – prepare students as leaders for the church and world. Recognized for its unique Study-Service Term program, Goshen has earned citations of excellence in Barron’s Best Buys in Education, “Colleges of Distinction,” “Making a Difference College Guide” and U.S.News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges” edition, which named Goshen a “least debt college.” Visit

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