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Metro State remembers 9/11 with a jazz concert by the Air Force’s Falconaires

Contact: Angelia McGowan, Metro State, 303-556-5133 or or
Master Sgt Claudia Weir, 719-244-8661 or

Posted: September 2, 2009


(Denver, Colo.) — A free jazz concert on the Auraria Campus will mark the anniversary of Sept 11, 2001 and provide occasion to reflect upon America's hopes for the future.

Metropolitan State College of Denver will present “Sharing the Freedom: A Concert of Remembrance and Hope,” featuring the Falconaires of the United States Air Force and United States Air Force Academy Band and special guest composer and conductor Chie Imaizumi (pronounced Chee-ay Ee-my-zu-me). The concert will be held at Historic Ninth Street Park on Auraria Campus at 7 p.m. Metro State music students will open the concert at 6:30 with a jazz performance.

The theme for the evening’s concert is based on a composition the Falconaires commissioned Imaizumi to write, titled “Sharing the Freedom.” The piece was premiered last September at the 2008 Monterey Jazz Festival by the band and conducted by Imaizumi, who also serves as a guest artist in residence for the Denver School of the Arts. The performance was eventually posted on YouTube.

"From the moment I saw a clip of that performance on You Tube, there was no doubt in my mind that she and the band needed to do more music together," says Norman Provizer, a political science professor at Metro State and long-time jazz columnist who helped to organize the concert. "Given that the title of the composition is ‘Sharing the Freedom,’ it seemed entirely appropriate to share that idea of freedom during an event to commemorate the events of 9/11.”

One of the Air Force’s two premier jazz ensembles, the Falconaires have brought the great sounds of Big Band Jazz to national audiences for more than 50 years. This group of 18 full-time jazz musicians specializes in the best music of the past, present and future by performing traditional and contemporary jazz. The concert is a great opportunity to honor the military, says band leader and trombonist Master Sergeant Scott E. Crump. “We are very proud of our men and women who are deployed and we are proud to play for America.”

A native of Japan, Imaizumi has performed across the globe and was named the 2007 Rocky Mountain Jazz Artist of the Year. Yet, this will be a special performance for her.  “My family has not seen me in a live concert as a conductor before. So my mom, brother and dad are traveling from Japan especially for this event.”

Free concert parking will be available (after 5:30 p.m.) in campus lots H and L. As seating will be limited, visitors are encouraged to bring a blankets and lawn chairs. For a campus map and parking, go to

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