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January 28, 2014

Grammy-Winning New York Voices Bring Jazz Harmonies to UNA Stage for 2013-14 Distinguished Events Series



“Live, they’re just as impressive to witness,” music critic Mathew Lurrie observed in Time Out Chicago.  “We dare say there may be no better way to understand the wit and wink of jazz harmony than via these Voices.”

With its upcoming concert, the 2013-14 UNA’s Distinguished Events Series continues to offer an exciting and eclectic lineup of fine-arts performances and presentations under the unifying theme “Sights, Sounds, Tales and Traditions.” The series began in October with a slide lecture by UNA alumnus, author and award-winning National Geographic photographer and editor-at-large Michael “Nick” Nichols.

“Since 2005, we have brought more than 30 speakers, presenters and performers to UNA,” according to Debbie Chaffin, director of educational-technology services at UNA and coordinator of the Distinguished Events Series. “We try to cover all areas of the arts, from music and theatre to dance and visual arts. We receive wonderful support from both the campus and the community, but we still want to keep building the series and expanding our audience.”

Following New York Voices, the season resumes in April with “A Sweet Strangeness Thrills My Heart: The World of Sallie Independence Foster, 1861-1887,” presented by famed storyteller Dolores Hydock and renowned, Alabama-based musician and Civil War music historian Bobby Horton. The 2013-14 series concludes in May with the fourth annual UNA Front-Porch Storytelling Festival.

“We’re especially pleased with the lineup we have this year,” Chaffin added. “The Distinguished Events Series is offered as a gift to both the UNA campus and the surrounding community, and we invite everyone to join us for a series of excellent programs that promise to be entertaining and eye-opening for everyone.”

The New York Voices concert is free and open to the public. For details, call UNA Distinguished Events at 256-765-4208 or visit For more information on New York Voices, visit


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