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43RD Annual Mid-South Jazz Festival kicks off Thursday

Austin Peays 43rd Annual Mid-South Jazz Festival runs Thursday-Saturday, April 15-17, as part of the Rivers & Spires Festival and the APSU/Clarksville Community Concert Artist Series.

Nashville jazz vocalist Sandra Dudley of The Jazz Orchestra of The Delta performs Thursday. Dudley is known for her exuberant stage presence, sophisticated scatting ability and tender ballad interpretations.

Fridays concert will feature the APSU Jazz Combo, directed by David Steinquest, and the APSU Jazz Collegians, directed by Richard Steffen.
Austin Peay's 43rd Annual Mid-South Jazz Festival runs Thursday-Saturday, April 15-17, as part of the Rivers & Spires Festival and the APSU/Clarksville Community Concert Artist Series.

Nashville jazz vocalist Sandra Dudley of The Jazz Orchestra of The Delta performs Thursday. Dudley is known for her exuberant stage presence, sophisticated scatting ability and tender ballad interpretations.

Friday's concert will feature the APSU Jazz Combo, directed by David Steinquest, and the APSU Jazz Collegians, directed by Richard Steffen.

Rising star Claudia Acuña is Saturday's headliner. The Washington Post declares the Chilean singer's voice as one of “considerable power, agility and poise,” while New York Newsday calls it “the voice of an angel.”

The concerts begin each night at 7:30 p.m. in the music/mass communication building concert theatre.

Tickets for Saturday's concert are $25 adults, $12 students and children and include free festival admission. Full-time APSU students are admitted free with current student ID. General admission for Thursday and Friday is $3. The Music Ticket Office will be open 3-6 p.m., Monday-Friday, April 12-16, and one hour before each concert.

For more information, telephone the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts at (931) 221-7876.
—Rebecca Mackey