Saturday, March 28, 2009 - 7:30 PM


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The Fort Pierce Jazz & Blues Society joins with the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Vero Beach to present Tina Marsh and the Creative Opportunity Orchestra in concert at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 28. The concert will be held at the Emerson Center in Vero Beach; proceeds will benefit the Susan G. Komen for the Cure® South Florida Affiliate, and the two presenting groups.

Tickets are $25, including a wine and hors d’oeuvres reception at 7 p.m., and are available through the UUFVB box office. National sponsors are Chamber Music America and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; local sponsors include Heather S. Nagel, M.D., of Vero Radiology Women’s Imaging Center, Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers, National City Bank, Sunrise Ford, and the City of Fort Pierce.

Tina Marsh is founder, director, vocalist and one of the chief composers of the Austin jazz-based composers' consortium, Creative Opportunity Orchestra (CO2). Over its 28-year history, CO2 has produced numerous recordings and toured internationally, receiving acclaim here and abroad for their efforts. Marsh's interest in the voice as instrument is part of what gives this jazz composer’s forum its unique sound.

It was only a year ago that Tina Marsh and CO2 were forced to cancel a February Jazz Week concert at Emerson when she was diagnosed with breast cancer shortly before her travel to Florida. Thus, she is particularly pleased that this special engagement will benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure® South Florida Affiliate.

In 2000, Marsh was inducted into the Texas Music Hall of Fame. She has been called “a great vocal artist,” “intimate and unafraid,” who “supplies brilliant bebop/scat/post-Berio vocalese,” with “interpretive powers that make a set shine...a haunting presence.” “Marsh gets right up in a song’s face, never backing down nor blinking.”

The critics deemed CO2 “a killer band,” “uncompromising,” “super-saturated with surprising successes... keeping the music fresh and unpredictable.”

Included in the Emerson Center program will be "Courage of the Butterfly," an interesting work showcasing Marsh’s composition skills and unique voice, against a backdrop of full and rich instrumentation. It was commissioned by Chamber Music America’s "New Works" program, and presented through their "Encore" program, which is funded through the generosity of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

Marsh says her group doesn’t know when to stop when they become involved in a jazz segment, and the second half will see a lot of jamming.

The Emerson Center box office can be reached at 772-778-5249. Emerson is located at 1590 27th Avenue in Vero Beach, on the southeast corner of 27th Avenue and 16th Street, with plenty of parking available. For more information about the concert, phone 772-460-JAZZ(5299) or go to >>jazzsociety.org<<.