Jazz with Strings Attached


featuring saxophonist Howard Burns


Samuel Coleridge-Taylor
Four Noveletten, op. 52 (1903)
Alex Shapiro
Remembrance (2013)
Eddie Sauter
Focus (1960)

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Sunday, March 20, 2022


BlackRock Center for the Arts
Germantown, MD
Premium: $15.00-$35.00
General: $15.00-$25.00
Box (4 seats and VIP experience): $200.00

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BlackRock Center for the Arts requires (until further notice) that anyone inside the building must wear a mask and anyone age 12+ must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination. For questions, please reach out to BlackRock's Patron Services Director, Josh Oliver - joliver@blackrockcenter.org

Sunday, March 27, 2022


New Spire Arts
Frederick, MD
General Admission: $35.00
Student (at door): $15.00

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Patrons must present a photo ID and proof they meet the CDC definition of being fully vaccinated at the time of entry into our theater. For those unable to be vaccinated due to certain medical conditions, age or closely held religious beliefs, proof of a negative COVID-19 test within the last 72 hours on the day of the performance is required to be admitted. Children under 2 are exempt and for children ages 2 to 12, the only requirement is to wear a mask.

Patrons who are unable to provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID -19 test at the door will not be admitted.


Masks will be required for all audience members, staff and volunteers regardless of vaccination status and no concessions will be sold during this time to encourage patrons to remain masked.

The vaccination and mask requirements will be in effect until October 31, 2021 and are subject to change. We are actively monitoring conditions and recommendations from national, state, local and CDC officials and will continue to update our policies as circumstances require.

Concert Notes

Third time's a charm!

The NSS is pleased to present an exciting collaboration with area saxophonist Howard Burns. This concert was originally scheduled for March 2020, then rescheduled (and again cancelled) for March 2021. Burns joins us to present a live performance of the 1960 Stan Getz album "Focus," featuring a suite composed specifically for Getz by Eddie Sauter. A noted example of "third stream" music, Focus beautifully blends classical and jazz elements into a unique sound that will thrill listeners.

Howard Burns is a composer, saxophonist and educator for more than 39 years. A native of Baltimore, Howard received his Bachelor degree from Howard University in 1979 and a performance degree from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Brussels, Belgium in 1980 in classical saxophone. Howard has studied saxophone with Thomas (Whit) Williams and George Coleman and has had the opportunity to perform with various artists such as Jimmy Heath, Jimmy Cobb, Clark Terry, Frank Foster, Larry Willis, Frank Wess, Lou Donaldson, Gary Thomas, Billy Harper, Eddie Gomez, Jon Faddis, Gary Bartz, and Dr. Eddie Henderson and many more. Howard is frequent performer in the MD, DC, WV. and VA. area. Howard has been the Jazz Band Director at Fredrick Community College for 30 years and the Director of the Don Redman Next Generation Jazz Academy for the last 19 years at Harpers Ferry National Park

NOTE: NSS concerts typically last around two hours, including a 15-minute intermission.