As Jazz great Duke Ellington put it in a composition, "It don't mean a thing If you ain't got that swing." When musicians are asked to define jazz, many, such as today's trumpet star Wynton Marsalis, say that blues is at the root and the center of jazz. You can have the blues without jazz, if only because what we know as the blues came before. But you can't have jazz without the blues.
The University community is invited to celebrate the holiday season by singing Handel's "Messiah" at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 8, in the University Chapel. Audience members will sing the choruses from Part I as well as selections from Parts II and III, then conclude with the famous "Hallelujah Chorus." The audience is requested to bring a score, although there also will be scores available at the door. Penna Rose, director of chapel music, will direct the sing-along, and David Messineo, principal University organist, will play the organ. The voices also will be accompanied by strings and trumpet as well as guest soloists and the Chapel Choir. Tickets are $5 for general admission and free for students.
M embers of the University community can unwind from the holiday hustle by watching the classic "It's a Wonderful Life" on the big screen, while benefiting the Princeton Community Area Foundation. The film, starring Jimmy Stewart of Princeton's class of 1932, will be shown at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19, in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall. The event is sponsored by the Department of University Services and the Office of Community and State Affairs. Refreshments will be served. Tickets, available at the Richardson box office, are $3 for adults and children over 12, and free for children 12 and under accompanied by an adult. All proceeds will be donated to the Bud Vivian Award Fund. The fund was established by the foundation as a tribute to the late Bud Vivian, former University secretary and director of community affairs. The award is presented annually to honor community service achievements. A grant is given to a Princeton-based charity of the winner's choice. Ticket office hours are noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Tickets also will be available two hours before the show. For more information, call 258-5000. 2b1af7f3a8