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Batesville Area Arts Council

(Formerly known as Rural Alliance for the Arts)


UIndy Jazz Ensemble

for a free Concert In The Park

October 21 @ 6:00 pm7:30 pm

BATESVILLE –  Where she once climbed to high heights on the playground, Olivia McKnight will be reaching high notes with her voice.

McKnight, a 2016 Batesville High School graduate, is a featured vocalist with the UIndy Jazz Ensemble. The group will perform a free concert at Liberty Park October 21 at 6 p.m. sponsored by the Batesville Area Arts Council (formerly RAA). The ensemble is the flagship of the Jazz Studies program at the University of Indianapolis. The group performs music from the great big bands including Duke Ellington and Count Basie as well as from modern-day composers such as Maria Schneider and Jim McNeely.

“Pack a picnic and come listen to great music,” Tina Longstreth, BAAC President said. “We are hoping for a perfect fall evening in the park but, in case of rain or cold the concert may be moved to the BHS Auditorium.”

McKnight is the daughter of Scott McKnight and Tanya North. She fondly remembers spending time at Liberty Park with her babysitter, Carol Niese.

“I am really looking forward to returning to Batesville and performing,” McKnight said. “I am rarely able to attend Batesville events anymore, so I’m excited to see familiar faces from the community!”
At BHS, McKnight was a member of the Batesville Singers and participated in plays and musicals with the drama club.

“Lisa Barnett and Carla Thomas were VERY supportive of my musical endeavors” the elementary education major said. “Additionally, the support of Charlie and Cari Schuck was always inspirational and pushed me to be the best version of myself.”
The vocalist was not involved in music during her college freshman year and missed performing.
“It has been great to work with the UIndy Jazz ensemble these past two years and be involved with one of my passions again,” she said. “It is great to work with so many talented people. We have performed across the city, but my favorite concerts happen here, on campus. I love seeing friends’ and professors’ faces when I’m performing.”
For more information about BAAC and upcoming events visit www.ruralalliancearts.com

**In case of inclement/cold weather, concert may be moved to BHS Auditorium**