Music on the Hill™ concert series benefits students
St. John’s is committed to making its unique program available to all qualified students, regardless of their financial circumstances. Celebrating its seventh year, the Music on the Hill concert series is an important part of that commitment and has rapidly become a signature Santa Fe summer event.
On six Wednesday evenings in June and July, St. John’s College’s athletic field is transformed into a vast outdoor concert, with local and nationally known musicians playing in a variety of styles, including jazz, R&B, and world music. St. John’s College thanks Music on the Hill sponsors, whose contributions underwrite the performances and support student scholarships.
The season kicks off on June 13 with Bert Dalton and his Brazil Project who bring the festive and seductive rhythms of samba, bossa nova, and carnival. San Francisco Bay Area jazz vocalist Lori Carsillo performs on June 20; she sings a mix of well-known favorites, forgotten gems, and originals that reflect her love of beautiful tunes that evoke the sweet ache of melancholy. On June 27, the Ron Helman Jazz Ensemble pays homage to the late, great jazz legend Miles Davis, featuring popular pieces such as “So What,” “All Blues,” and other compositions that have worked their way into the mainstream of the jazz idiom.
On July 11, Janice and Vinnie Zummo perform their brand of eclectic jazz, from bop to steamy standards to zydeco with many stops in between, including songs from their newest CD, Jazz Album. Grammy-nominatedtrumpet player Bobby Shew performs on July 18; his long and distinguished musical career includes stints with jazz and big band legends Art Pepper, Tommy Dorsey, Louie Bellson, and many others. Vocalist Hillary Smith and Soul Kitchen wrap up the season on July 25; the New Mexico-based band, which creates a dynamic blues-drenched sound, was voted Albuquerque’s “Best Blues Group” in 2010.
Concertgoers are welcome to bring picnics; food and soft drinks are also available for purchase. For questions, contact Deborah Spiegelman at 505-984-6199 or firstname.lastname@example.org.