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This Tuesday: Live at Five 2012–13 Kicks Off
with Jay Fuchs and Special Guests!

Catch the debut of the 2012–13 Live at Five concert series this Tuesday, October 16, featuring a performance from Music Theory Department Head Jay Fuchs along with special guests Erin Schwab, Lee Fuchs, the Dan Musselman Trio,  Valeri Lari, the Faculty Vocal Quartet, (Charlie ChristensonJennifer ParkerRachel HolderShon Parker) and more… This event marks Fuchs’ first performance at McNally Smith in a several years, and the talented composter/entertainer is delighted to unveil a bevy of brand new all-original material! Make sure to get to the McNally Smith Atrium at 5:00 to catch Composition & Songwriting major Ezra Bartsch perform in the Atrium. Fuchs follows at 6:00 in the auditorium.

Jay Fuchs drops in on The Frequency to talk about his upcoming Live at Five performance

All Live at Five events are free and open to the public. Each concert begins with a 5 p.m. reception in the McNally Smith Atrium, featuring free appetizers and performances by student ensembles. Wine and beer are available for purchase, with all proceeds benefiting Gillette Children’s Hospital and Instruments In The Cloud—an online effort to get musical instruments into the hands of music students in public schools. At 6 p.m., the featured faculty member will take the stage in the McNally Smith Auditorium.

About Jay Fuchs:

Dr. Jay Fuchs is a professional singer, piano player, composer, music director, author and bandleader. Jay holds a Ph.D. and M.A. degree in Music Theory and Composition from the University of Minnesota and a B.A. degree in Vocal Performance from Minnesota State University in Moorhead, MN. While at the University of Minnesota Jay studied composition with Pulitzer Prize winning composer Dominick Argento. He also created and directed the University of Minnesota Student Composers Alliance. Jay is very active as a performer of popular music, doing over 100 gigs each year. He leads the popular Twin Cities’ band Metro Jam and, along with Erin Schwab is a popular entertainer, singer and piano player, performing at a variety of popular venues. Jay is an avid composer, writing primarily vocal and choral music. Recently Jay started a publishing company called Doctor Jay’s Music, which publishes his two music theory books Doctor Jay’s Music Lessons and Music Fundamentals along with a variety of compositions. Jay served as a music consultant to the Science Museum of Minnesota on their exhibit “Wild Music”, which examines music in nature. In 2009 Jay was the music director of the local production of Power Balladz.