Mellon Jazz Festival’s Free “Spring Into Jazz” Concert

Internationally renowned jazz masters and local high-school musicians will perform at the annual Mellon Jazz Festival “Spring Into Jazz” concert to be held in the Music Hall Sunday, April 27, at 3:00 p.m.

Featured artists include, from New York, Slide Hampton on trombone and Harold Mabern on piano. From Pittsburgh are Nathan Davis and Eric Kloss on saxophone, Wes Ward on trumpet, Joe Negri on guitar, Paul Thompson on bass and Roger Humphries on drums.

The participating local music students spend the day before the concert working with the eight guest artists, who give them tips on improvisation techniques and other jazz fundamentals.

The classes and concert are sponsored and produced by Mellon Bank, the Performing Arts Department of Carnegie Museums, and Festival Productions, Inc.

Tickets are not required for this free concert, and the doors open at 2:15 p.m. Call 622-3131 for information.

“Shakespeare for Children” Features Hamlet

Introduce your children, grandchildren or young friends to Shakespeare with this production of Hamlet, specially adapted for children ages six to 12. The production takes place on two Saturdays, March 15 and 22, at 11:00 a.m. in Carnegie Lecture Hall. Performed by a small company of professional actors from the University of Pittsburgh’s Department of Theatre Arts, the play engages and cultivates the imaginations of children and their adult companions by presenting a lively and entertaining introduction to Shakespeare’s plot, characters, famous soliloquies and scenes.

After the 45-minute performance, children can ask questions of the actors and examine the costumes and props close-up. Ticket price ($5.00 for members, $6.00 for non-members) includes admission to the Museums of Art and Natural History after the performance. Discounts are available in advance for groups of 10 or more. Call 622-3313 to order tickets or for more information.