Commencement Eve Pops 2023 final bow

Rockefeller Arts Center

Designed by the architectural firm I.M. Pei and Partners and built in 1969, the Michael C. Rockefeller Arts Center is a major cultural center of visual and performing arts for western New York and northwestern Pennsylvania.


Dr. Nick Weiser and the Fredonia Jazz Orchestra will be featured along with the Fredonia Vocal Jazz Ensemble when Rockefeller Arts Center presents “A Big Band Musical Tour of America,” the 2024 commencement-eve pops concert, on Friday, May 17 at 7:30 p.m. in King Concert Hall.

2024 Commencement-Eve Pops offers big band tour of America

From Glenn Miller’s “St. Louis Blues” and Tony Bennett’s “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” to Nat King Cole’s “Route 66” and Gladys Night’s “Midnight Train to Georgia,” hundreds of songs have been written about famous American cities, states and places.

Rockefeller Arts Center’s 2024 Commencement-Eve Pops will cover these tunes and more with “A Big Musical Tour of America” on Friday, May 17 at 7:30 p.m. in King Concert Hall.

The concert will feature the 17-piece Fredonia Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Dr. Nick Weiser and the Fredonia Vocal Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Mr. James Harrington on a “musical tour of America that spans from north to south and from sea to shining sea.”

Also in the spotlight will be a number of student dancers performing to choreography by Distinguished Teaching Professor Paul Mockovak.

Buy Tickets Online

Tickets also available by phone (716-673-3501) and in person at the Campus Ticket Office in the Williams Center on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.