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RMU to Host Summer Concert with Jazz Legend Pat Metheny

Thursday, August 09, 2012
Pittsburgh -- PNC Bank presents Pat Metheny Unity Band with Chris Potter, Antonio Sanchez and Ben Williams, a production of Robert Morris University in cooperation with MCG Jazz, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10, in the Sewall Center Arena at RMU's Moon Township campus, rain or shine.

Tickets are on sale now and start at $20. Tickets can be purchased online starting April 26 at mcgjazz.org or by calling the box office at 412-322-0800. For directions to RMU and a map of campus, go to rmu.edu/directions. The event is co-sponsored by Whirl Magazine and Eat 'n Park Hospitality Group.

A newly developed relationship between Robert Morris University and MCG Jazz has brought this Pittsburgh area premiere to Moon Township. “What a fantastic opportunity this presents:  a great artist like Pat Metheny at Robert Morris is one of those 'once in a lifetime' moments we can’t pass up at MCG Jazz,” said Marty Ashby, executive producer of MCG Jazz.

Legendary guitarist, composer and innovator Pat Metheny has assembled an amazing band for this new project. Meet the Pat Metheny Unity Band: sax great Chris Potter, Pat Metheny Group and Pat Metheny Trio drummer Antonio Sanchez, and great young bassist Ben Williams.

Winner of 19 Grammy Awards, jazz guitarist Pat Metheny is considered one of the brightest stars in the jazz community. Throughout his career he has continued to re-define his genre by utilizing new technology and constantly working to involve the improvisational and sonic potential of his instrument.

Metheny's versatility is almost nearly without peer on any instrument. Over the years, he has performed with artists as diverse as Steve Reich, Ornette Coleman, Herbie Hancock, Jim Hall, Milton Nascimento and David Bowie. He has been part of a writing team with keyboardist Lyle Mays for more than twenty years -an association that has been compared to the Lennon/McCartney and Ellington/Strayhorn partnerships by critics and listeners alike.

It is one thing to attain popularity as a musician, but it is another to receive the kind of acclaim Metheny has garnered from critics and peers. He continues to be a star of the jazz community, dedicating time to both his own projects and those of emerging artists and established veterans alike, helping them to reach their audience as well as realizing their own artistic visions.

ABOUT ROBERT MORRIS UNIVERSITY
Robert Morris University, founded in 1921, is a private, four-year institution with an enrollment of approximately 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The university offers 60 undergraduate and 20 graduate programs. An estimated 22,000 alumni live and work in western Pennsylvania.