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Culture notes: Exhibit blossoms at Hudgens (free reception Sat.); Jazz Orchestra of Atlanta premieres 5 works

VISUAL ART
Exhibit blossoms at Hudgens

Spring seems to be springing up early around metro Atlanta, and the Hudgens Center for the Arts gets in on the act with the exhibit “Bloom.” Highly collected Steve Penley is the featured artist in a show featuring 17 flower-inspired artists working in a range of media. A free reception for “Bloom” and three other new exhibits is at 2-4 p.m. Saturday. 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Bldg 300, Duluth. 770-623-6002, www.thehudgens.org. HOWARD POUSNER

MUSIC
Quintet of jazz premieres

What started as a Jazz Orchestra of Atlanta program to be built around a world premiere of jazz composer Ted Howe’s “Suite No. 1 for Jazz Orchestra” has blossomed into a March 9 concert at Oglethorpe University featuring five new compositions by the former Atlantan.

“When he realized we would have the best jazz pros on this program, he started to write new works,” orchestra director Brent Runnels said. “Very cool, just the way Duke Ellington used to write for the specific skills and members of his orchestra.”

The other pieces written for Jazz Orchestra of Atlanta by Howe, a Summit Records recording artist who moved from Atlanta to Los Angeles several years ago, are “Adagio for Piano,” “Impromptu for Trumpet,” “Etude for Three Clarinets” and “Presto for Two Trombones.”

The orchestra performs in various configurations, most often as a 16-piece big band. All of Howe’s pieces to be performed March 9, however, are for a 13-piece ensemble. The composer and Runnels will share piano playing and conducting duties.

JOA presents three or four concerts a year, often in collaboration with noted artists such as the New York Voices, Randy Brecker, Jon Faddis, Marcus Printup, Francine Reed, Joe Gransden and Big Mike Geier. It also produces an annual summer jazz camp for metro middle and high school music students.

The Howe concert is at 8 p.m. March 9. $10. Conant Performing Arts Center, Oglethorpe University, 4484 Peachtree Road N.E., Atlanta. 404-261-1441, www.jazzorchestraatlanta.org. More information about Howe: www.tedhowe.com. HOWARD POUSNER

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