bhhudson at nccu.edu
Tue Sep 19 08:24:45 EDT 2006
hello everyone. here is a press release you may not have seen yet. North Carolina pays tribute to one of its own, finally!
For Immediate Release John Coltrane Statue Unveiling Scheduled This Week This week will mark the culmination of several years of hard work when one of High Points most acclaimed citizens will have a permanent home in the downtown area. The Downtown Improvement Committee employed Oregon resident, Thomas Jay Warren to sculpt a bronze likeness of Coltrane that will be unveiled at dedication ceremony on September 20, 2006, just a few days before the 80th anniversary of Coltranes birth. The celebration will start at 5:30 p.m. and last approximately one hour. The High Point Arts Council will participate in the dedication by having graduates of their Coltrane Summer Jazz Workshop perform. These students have spent time during the last few summers studying and performing the works of John Coltrane and are now a part of the Youth Jazz Orchestra. The Coltrane statue will stand eight feet tall and be placed on a pedestal base in a landscaped area in the northeast corner of City Hall property at the intersection of Commerce Avenue and Hamilton Street. Its location will be near the new Furniture Market Transportation Center in an area known to many as the Theater District because of its proximity to the High Point Theater. John Coltrane, a deceased jazz musician, is known internationally for his unique genre and style. Before and after his death in 1967, Coltrane has served as a mentor and inspiration to many famous jazz artists. As an infant and through his graduation from William Penn High School, he lived with his parents on Underhill Street in High Point. Eventually, we hope to develop for our City, an international jazz festival to celebrate John Coltranes music and his enormous influence around the world. Funding for the statue came from grants through the Downtown Improvement Committee, the High Point Convention and Visitors Bureau, the High Point Museum, the Guilford County Board of Commissioners and the High Point Community Foundation, private contributors and community events. For those who were unable to contribute to the initial fundraising efforts, The High Point Museum will continue to sell engraved brick pavers that will be placed at the base of the statue. Individuals, groups and organizations can still be a part of this historic event through the purchase of a commemorative brick. Anyone interested in supporting this project can make a tax-deductibleContribution payable to the High Point Museum for The Coltrane Project, 1859 East Lexington Avenue, High Point, NC 27262 or go online to www.highpointmuseum.org: <http://www.highpointmuseum.org/> to find out
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