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Henderson musicians to play at Hot Springs JazzFest

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Austin Murberger, left, performs alongside Krystyna Valdivia.

Krystyna Valdivia, violinist, and Austin Murberger, guitarist, will perform between the set-up for the bands at the free 31st Hot Springs JazzFest starting at noon on Saturday, Sept. 2, at 100 Broadway St. under the “Skybridge”. There will be two stages featuring six bands. Food vendors and a beverage tent will be onsite. Commemorative JazzFest T shirts will be on sale. No coolers allowed. Bring a lawn chair.

Valdivia is a Music Education Major at Henderson State University and is going into her internship semester. She has played violin since she was 8 years old and has picked up various instruments along the way. She has played in several ensembles and is currently the orchestra director at the Lakeside School District in Hot Springs and hopes to grow the orchestra program. Valdivia is also an avid performer and has been on various stages from Central Theatre in Hot Springs to Carnegie Hall in New York. Valdivia was a feature in 2023 with the Henderson NuFusion Jazz Ensemble Director Dr. Rick Dimond in the Jazz Society sponsored American Art Form Series at the Garland County Library.

Murberger is a student at Henderson State University. He is working toward a Bachelors of Arts in Music and a minor in Business Administration. Austin has played guitar and bass for Henderson’s NuFusion Jazz ensemble and has also played in ensembles at OBU. He was part of the Jazz Quartet presenting the Essence of Jazz with Dr. Rick Dimond at the Garland Count Library American Art Form Series, sponsored by the Hot Springs Jazz Society. His goal is to perform music professionally and continue growing musically.

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