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Kristine Hsia singing
Kristine Hsia singing

Kristine Hsia performs.

  • May 10, 2024
  • Doug Osborne-Coy

Alumna Kristine Hsia will make a special homecoming visit in October when she returns to SUNY Fredonia for a concert performance as a member of the U.S. Navy Band Commodores.

Hsia, a 2010 Fredonia graduate, is the lead vocalist for the Commodores, the U.S. Navy’s premier jazz ensemble. The Commodores will perform in a free concert on Monday, Oct. 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the Harry A. King Concert Hall. The event is presented by Rockefeller Arts Center.

portrait of Kristine Hsia
Kristine Hsia

Hsia earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre from Fredonia. During her time on campus, she was a featured vocalist in Rockefeller’s 2010 Commencement Eve Pops concert “All That Jazz” and performed in Department of Theatre and Dance Walter Gloor Mainstage Series productions including “Kiss Me, Kate.”

A native of Holbrook, NY, Hsia enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 2012. She has been the lead vocalist for the Commodores jazz ensemble since 2014. This will be her second performance at Fredonia with the Commodores, following an October 2019 concert.

The Commodores’ mission includes public concerts, national concert tours, ceremonial support in honoring veterans, jazz education classes and clinics, and protocol performances for high-level military and civilian government officials. Formed in 1969, this 18-member group continues the jazz big band legacy with some of the finest musicians in the world.

Their concerts are described as “an eclectic mix of traditional big band music, exciting jazz vocal arrangements and fresh new instrumental music” written specifically for the Commodores of today.

The Commodores are held in high regard nationwide by concert patrons and critics alike. The list of guest artists that have appeared with the Commodores includes jazz and popular music icons like Ray Charles, Branford Marsalis, Clark Terry, Grover Washington Jr., Chris Potter, Jerry Bergonzi, Eddie Daniels, James Moody and many more.

Tickets for the Oct. 21 concert will be available in early September through the Fredonia Ticket Office in the Williams Center.