Celebrate the Traditions of Mardi Gras at the Center for Performing Arts on March 1

University Park, Ill.—(ENEWSPF)–February 21, 2014 – Governors State University welcomes Orbert Davis and the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic ensemble for “Mardi Gras Carnival” March 1 at the Center for Performing Arts, for a celebration of the food and music that gives New Orleans its distinct character.

The event begins with a pre-show party at 6:30 p.m. with a New Orleans-style buffet. The concert begins at 8 p.m. and features the rich musical culture of New Orleans. The ensemble brings the sounds of the world’s most famous street festival to life with jazz, blues, brass bands, Mardi Gras Indian melodies and more.

Davis is co-founder, conductor and artistic director of the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic – a 55-piece jazz-style symphonic orchestra. He is one of Chicago’s most sought-after musicians and won an Emmy Award for a composition and production of an original score for the PBS documentary, “DuSable to Obama: Chicago’s Black Metropolis.”

“This concert is a true reflection of the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic personality: a merging of classical and jazz, along with other influences,” Davis said. “The Mardi Gras theme is a great way to blend all kinds of musical genres, and have fun doing it.”

Mr. Davis will feature a new composition that pays tribute to Hurricane Katrina survivors and the resilience they displayed after the hurricane devastated the New Orleans area.

Tickets for the show are $35. Tickets for the show and dinner are $60.  Senior and student discounts are available at the box office only. For more information, contact the Center for Performing Arts box office at or call (708) 235-2222.

The box office is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m, and two hours prior to performances.

GSU Center for Performing Arts 2013-14 Season is sponsored in part by a grant from The Illinois Arts council, an agency of the State of Illinois.