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Upcoming jazz concert to feature : Camas Prairie native Jill Terhaar Lewis


Jill Terhaar Lewis (center) will perform with her husband, Robert Lewis (right) and Gerald Gregory (left) at the Monastery of St. Gertrude Sunday, Oct. 19.

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Jill Terhaar Lewis (center) will perform with her husband, Robert Lewis (right) and Gerald Gregory (left) at the Monastery of St. Gertrude Sunday, Oct. 19.



COTTONWOOD — Spirituality and the Arts at St. Gertrude will presents “The In-Between: From Classical to Jazz” on Sunday, Oct. 19, 3 p.m. This concert features classical soprano Jill Terhaar Lewis with jazz musicians Robert Lewis (saxophone) and Gerald Gregory (piano). Terhaar Lewis was raised on the Camas Prairie and her husband Rob is from Washington. They are both graduates from the University of Idaho. They currently live and teach in Charleston, S.C.

The In-Between explores repertoire that lies both in and in-between classical and jazz genres. Through open communication between the two art worlds of classical and jazz music, the program highlights the shared qualities and explores the differences while allowing the listener to enjoy these styles together in the same concert and even within the same piece.

The ensemble will be performing premieres of new compositions and arrangements by members of the group as well as works by Brad Mehldau, Ned Rorem, and more. “This ensemble has inspired me to think of music in new ways,” says Robert Lewis. “Addressing the challenge of mixing the two styles has been very rewarding.”

“I am delighted to have this opportunity to perform at home,” said Terhaar Lewis. “Robert and I gave a concert at the Monastery in 2010, when we were here for my parents’ 50th wedding anniversary. It was so much fun, we knew we needed to come back. It is special to have the chance to perform for family and friends. We are looking forward to introducing our pianist, Gerald to this great community.” Terhaar Lewis is the daughter of Ralph and Sally Terhaar of Greencreek.

Terhaar Lewis graduated from the University of Idaho with a Music Education degree in 1996. Lewis graduated from the U of I with a Music Performance degree in 1995. They each went on to Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo for their Masters in Music Performance. Terhaar Lewis completed a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of South Carolina in Columbia.

A native of Greencreek, Idaho, soprano Terhaar Lewis is an associate professor of vocal music at Charleston Southern University and a performer in the Southeast.

“The In-Between: From Classical to Jazz” takes place on Sunday, Oct. 19, 3 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public



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