Award-winning composer and pianist Daniel Kelly to perform in Coe Marquis Series event

Extra: Rod Pritchard, Director of Marketing and Public Relations
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2016-03-04 13:24:39 - General

Daniel Kelly
Daniel Kelly

Award-winning composer and pianist Daniel Kelly will appear in a Coe College Marquis Series event on Saturday, March 19, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium. Kelly transforms the stories of everyday people into dramatic and compelling performances that blend jazz, classical and folk music into a signature sound. Using a creative and customized approach that began with on-campus interviews last fall, the stories of Coe community members will be featured in this performance.

Marquis Series patrons can purchase individual tickets for $15, $10 for students and seniors. Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling the Coe Box Office at 399-8600, Monday - Friday, between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets will also be available at the door the night of the event.

Kelly's music has been declared "powerfully moving" by Time Out New York, and he has brought his unique talent to performances with Grammy award-winning jazz legends Michael Brecker and Joe Lovano, among many other musicians. He has toured throughout Southeast Asia and India as a part of the Kennedy Center and U.S. State Department-sponsored Jazz Ambassador program.

The artist's most recent work is RAKONTO - a groundbreaking series of concert-length, community-based compositions that incorporate the recorded voices and stories of community members. Coe students, faculty and staff became part of the RAKONTO project, as Kelly conducted interviews on campus last fall that will be integrated into his upcoming performance on the Sinclair stage.

The Coe College Lecture and Performance Series is funded in part by a gift from the estate of Sarah Marquis in honor of her father, Dr. John A. Marquis, who was president of Coe College from 1909-1920. The purpose of the series is to bring entertainment and educational experiences to the Coe campus for the benefit of the entire community.

For more information, go to or call 319-399-8600.