Jazz at the Bechtler Performed at the Knight Theater

DECEMBER 23, 2014

The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art will celebrate its 5th anniversary on January 2, 2015 with a special performance of Jazz at the Bechtler in the Knight Theater. For this concert, Blumenthal Performing Arts has generously donated use of the Knight Theater, which is located next door to the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art.

Jazz at the Bechtler brings together mid-century art with mid-century music on the first Friday of each month. It has become the museum’s most popular program, with concerts selling out regularly. Concerts are performed by the Ziad Jazz Quartet featuring Ziad Rabie (artistic director and saxophone), Noel Freidline (keyboards), Ron Brendle (bass) and Rick Dior (drums).

To honor the 5th anniversary of the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, which opened its doors to the public for the first time on January 2, 2010, the museum is offering an elevated performance of Jazz at the Bechtler. For the first time in the program’s history, it will be performed outside the museum’s walls and on a stage. Offering the concert in the Knight Theater will allow hundreds more music enthusiasts to attend Jazz at the Bechtler and provides the opportunity for the Ziad Jazz Quartet to feature numerous guest musicians throughout the concert.

Joining the Ziad Jazz Quartet on January 2 for this special concert will be vocalist/actress Maria Howell. Best known for her role as the choir soloist in the 1985 Oscar-nominated movie The Color Purple, Gastonia native Howell has appeared in myriad TV shows and most recently was seen in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. She has shared the stage with Ray Charles, George Benson, Nancy Wilson, Marvin Hamlisch and other greats. 

Additional Jazz at the Bechtler guest performers are: Al Sergel (drums), Jim Brock (percussion), Jon Thornton (trumpet), Rick Simerly (trombone) and Toni Tupponce (vocals).


The January 2 Jazz at the Bechtler concert will be performed at the Knight Theater from 7 to 9 p.m. Entrance to the concert is through the Bechtler (420 South Tryon Street, Charlotte 28202), not the Knight Theater. General audience seating will apply. The Bechtler's doors will open at 5:30 p.m. for a cash bar in the museum's lobby.


Tickets for this special performance are $25 for the public and $22 for museum members. Tickets may be purchased online at bechtler.org, by phone at 704.353.9200, at the admissions desk or at the door the night of the concert.


Concertgoers receive discounted parking in the Levine Center for the Arts garage at 550 South Tryon Street. Show parking ticket at the Bechtler admission desk to receive discount coupon.


The presenting sponsor of Jazz at the Bechtler is PNC.

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About Bechtler Museum of Modern Art

The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art is dedicated to the exhibition of mid-20th-century modern art. It is named after the family of Andreas Bechtler who assembled and inherited a collection created by seminal figures in modernism. The museum is located at Levine Center for the Arts, 420 South Tryon Street, Charlotte. Operating hours are Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sunday 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.; closed Tuesdays. For museum details visit bechtler.org.

Photos: Photos of the Ziad Jazz Quartet are available upon request. 

Media Contact: Pam Davis, Director of Communications and Marketing, Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, pam.davis@bechtler.org, office: 704.353.9204 / mobile 704.975

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