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Widener to host the last of a three-part free recital series March 19

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Abstract Truth 

On Sunday, March 19 at 3 p.m., Widener University will host the final of three concerts as part of the Widener University Recital Series on its Main Campus in Chester, Pa. Admission to the concert series is free and open to the public.

The final performance will feature Widener University Artist in Residence John Vanore, along with his musical group, Abstract Truth, a Philadelphia-based jazz ensemble. The program will be held in the Kapelski Recital Hall.

Vanore, a Springfield, Pa. resident and a 1969 Widener graduate, previously served as the director of music at the university. A veteran of jazz giant Woody Herman's band, Vanore was also a mainstay in the trumpet sections for music artists visiting Philadelphia including Tony Bennett, Mel Torme, Sammy Davis and Michel LeGrand. He has also produced music for EMI, Atlantic and others.

In Abstract Truth, Vanore has created a unique ensemble, merging the intimacy and unique voice of the soloist with the power of the big band. The music is story-life and thematic—soloists are many and original composition creates their landscape. Formed in the 1980s, the band first two releases, Blue Route and Curiosity, were recognized in the Downbeat reader's poll as Album of the Year worthy. After a long hiatus, the ensemble reformed in 2009 around five of its veteran members. Contagious Words was the first product of the new ensemble and strongly established the group's return with frequent national and international radio plays and reviews.

The ensemble’s personnel boast rich and diverse experiences including performing with Phil Woods, Buddy Rich, Slide Hampton, Randy Brecker, Thad Jones/Mel Lewis, Pat Martino and many others

For more information on the Widener University Recital Series, contact Michaela Tauscher at 610-499-4339. Seating is first come, first serve. Please RSVP here.

Widener University is a private, metropolitan university that connects curricula to social issues through civic engagement. Dynamic teaching, active scholarship, personal attention, leadership development and experiential learning are key components of the Widener experience. A comprehensive doctorate-granting university, Widener comprises eight schools and colleges that offer liberal arts and sciences, professional and pre-professional curricula leading to associate, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees. The university’s campuses are in Chester and Harrisburg, Pa., and Wilmington, Del. Visit the university website,