October 7, 2018 at 4pm

Musco Center Presents
Stan Kenton Legacy Orchestra

With Chapman University Big Band  

ORANGE, Calif. – Musco Center for the Arts at Chapman University presents the Stan Kenton Legacy Orchestra on October 7 at 4pm, the first big band performance of the 2018-19 season.

The Stan Kenton Legacy Orchestra brings the rollicking sounds of big band to Musco Center’s acoustically advanced concert hall. Comprised of seasoned musicians from jazz legend Stan Kenton’s band and musicians who played with Maynard Ferguson, Woody Herman, Count Basie and others, the group keeps the big band flame burning brightly. Chapman University’s student jazz ensemble begins the concert with a brief opening performance that concludes with the Stan Kenton Legacy Orchestra joining them for a collaborative piece to end the first set.

“Musco Center continues to be a destination for world class musicians of diverse genres, from classical to big band and beyond,” said Richard T. Bryant, Musco Center Executive Director.

The Stan Kenton Legacy Orchestra will generously pass the big band flame to a new generation of artists during this special performance, both onstage and through Musco’s Master Class program. The program enables small groups of students to learn from and work with international artists and musicians who perform at Chapman University.

“This is an excellent opportunity for big band fans and Chapman students to enjoy a concert the way Stan Kenton would have intended – with seasoned pros and young musicians together on the stage in a dynamic performance,” said Dr. Giulio Ongaro, Dean of Chapman University’s College of the Performing Arts. “This concert is another wonderful example of how Musco Center’s programming benefits our Chapman students by bringing in touring artists and their valuable expertise to campus.”

Mike Vax, director of the Stan Legacy Orchestra, has several notable credits including being first trumpet, soloist and road manager of the Stan Kenton Orchestra, as well as being co-leader while the late Mr. Kenton was recovering from surgery; playing lead trumpet in Clark Terry’s Big Bad Band, leading the Dukes of Dixieland in New Orleans; producing and/or music directing for over 50 jazz festivals; and performing workshops for more than 3,000 high schools, colleges and universities all over the world.

“The Stan Kenton Legacy Orchestra preserves the big band music of the past, presents new music of the genre, and educates and inspires young people about jazz and big band,” said Albert Alva, Director of Chapman University’s Jazz Ensembles.

Known for their commitment to inspiring and perpetuating a love of big band in future generations, the Stan Kenton Legacy Orchestra brings spirited big band jazz to Musco Center.

Tickets for October 7 are on sale now for $25-45 and may be purchased through the Musco Center online at www.muscocenter.org or by calling the box office at 844-OC-MUSCO (844-626-8726). All print-at-home tickets include a no-cost parking pass. Musco Center for the Arts is located on the campus of Chapman University at 415 North Glassell, Orange, Calif.


Since it opened on March 19, 2016, Marybelle and Sebastian P. Musco Center for the Arts at Chapman University has been hailed as “an ideal opera house, potentially the best in the West and maybe even something more” by the Los Angeles Times.

Designed by renowned architects Pfeiffer Partners, with acoustics by world-renowned Yasuhisa Toyota of Nagata Acoustics, Musco Center boasts an intimate seating chamber with 1,044 seats on three levels and a full-scale stagehouse capable of grand spectacle or lush symphonic sound with its unique orchestral shell in place. Musco Center serves as a dynamic focal point for campus life and the broader community, giving notice that world-class arts education and artistic achievement have found a new home in Southern California.

For more information about Musco Center and its upcoming events, and to purchase tickets online, visit www.muscocenter.org.