By Thomas Gillen
Sean Fitzpatrick, the co-director of the LIU Post Jazz Combo, and the piano accompanist for the Long Island Sound Vocal Jazz, will direct the LIU Post Jazz Ensemble on December 7 in the Hillwood Recital Hall. The show, which is free for LIU Post students with I.D. will last from 8:15-10:15 p.m.
Senior music education major Robert Riepe, the bass player for the Jazz Ensemble, has had a positive experience playing at Post. “The teachers here really pushed me to play and learn. I’ve played countless gigs with my classmates and professors for the Tilles Center, school events, and during our trip to the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland last summer,” he said. “Our school gives our music students fantastic opportunities. I have met famous musicians who I adore such as Esperanza Spalding and Jimmy Heath.”
Riepe said that playing in the band has helped shape his musical career. “I’ve grown in so many ways and capacities just over the few short years being at this university. All of my teachers have impacted my growth as a musician and as an individual.”
The Music Department will host three other end-of-semester shows including the LIU Post Wind Symphony and Wind Ensembles on December 8 at 8 p.m. in the Tilles Center, the LIU Post Chorus with the Cecilia Chorus and Orchestra of NY on December 10 at 8 p.m. at Carnegie Hall, and the LIU Post Merriweather Consort on December 11 at 3 p.m. in the Great Hall. For more information, call 516-299-2474.