Award-winning jazz violinist Christian Howes to perform at Coe Marquis Series event

Extra: Rod Pritchard, Secretary of the College
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2017-02-28 14:52:29 - General

Christian Howes
Christian Howes

Award-winning jazz violinist Christian Howes will perform in a Coe College Marquis Series event on Wednesday, March 15, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium. Since 2011, Howes has been voted #1 in the Downbeat Critics Poll ("Rising Stars/Violin"), named among the top three jazz violinists in the JazzTimes critics poll, and nominated for Violinist of the Year by the Jazz Journalist Association.

Marquis Series patrons can purchase individual tickets for $15, $10 for students and seniors. Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling the Cox Box Office at 319-399-8600, Monday - Friday, between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets will also be available at the door.

The Minneapolis Tribune has called Howes "arguably the most intriguing young violinist in jazz." His recent release on Resonance Records, "Southern Exposure," earned recognition in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Downbeat and JazzTimes, as well as a six-night run at Lincoln Center.

An educator, composer and performer, Howes received the Residency Partner Award through Chamber Music America for outreach programs in schools, earned a USArtists grant through the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, and was invited by the U.S. State Department for two tours to visit Ukraine and Montenegro. He is the founder of "Creative Strings," a non-profit organization with a mission to expand music education through the creation of online curriculum, an annual summer conference, and dozens of visits to schools annually teaching improvisation, contemporary styles and related subjects.

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.