“A jazzy rendition of “When the Saints Go Marching In” filled Esber Recital Hall as musicians from the Centre Dimensions Jazz Ensemble started Saturday’s performance by entering the hall and playing down the aisles and up onto stage. The stage, covered in colorful decorations, was appropriately set for their annual Mardi Gras performance.
Conducted by Dan Yoder, the director of jazz studies within the School of Music, the event showcased a variety of solo performances to highlight the talents of the students of the ensemble. Instruments included saxophones, trumpets, trombones, piano, bass and drums.
Centre Dimensions is a 20-piece jazz ensemble at Penn State that performs and travels in concert frequently, often working with internationally known artists each year. The ensemble is highly selective, as it chooses challenging modern and classic jazz pieces for its events. During this year’s Mardi Gras performance, the ensemble played a number of pieces, with a jazz version of the popular Queen song, “Bohemian Rhapsody,” as one of them.“