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What: Emily Asher’s Gar­den Party at the Sounds of Sum­mer con­cert When: 8 p. m. Sun­day Where: Wells Fargo Am­phithe­ater, Mis­eri­cor­dia Univer­sity, 301 Lake St., Dal­las, Pa. Tick­ets: $ 15 for am­phithe­ater seats, $ 10 lawn tick­ets or $ 120 fes­ti­val ta­ble of six Box Of­fice: 570- 674- 6719 or mis­eri­cor­dia. edu/ uts. On­line: emilyasher. com

“He didn’t think Iwould have the dis­ci­pline un­til then,” Asher said.

She con­tin­ued on to play in sev­eral school bands, even­tu­ally at­tend­ing the Univer­sity of Wash­ing­ton in her home­town of Seat­tle to pur­sue de­grees in mu­sic ed­u­ca­tion and jazz stud­ies. With these de­grees, Asher went on to teach ju­nior high school band. One and a half years into this po­si­tion, she vis­ited NewYork City and fell in love with it, set­ting her sights on mov­ing there to play mu­sic. Af­ter fin­ish­ing an­other year and a half of teach­ing, she made the move and pur­sued her mas­ter’s de­gree in jazz from Queen’s Col­lege. While in the city, she met jazz mu­si­cianWy­cliffe Gor­don, who en­cour­aged her to make her first record.

“That was a very pow­er­ful ex­pe­ri­ence forme,” Asher said. “I felt like it gave some le­git­i­macy tomy ca­reer.”

Asher found more­work as a per­former and made an­other al­bum­be­fore get­ting a day job as a book­ing agent for Columbia Artist Man­age­ment.

Gar­den Party formed in 2012, with a friend sug­gest­ing the name af­ter the many gar­den par­ties she and Asher had in their shared home.

Of­fer­ing “fresh growth from vin­tage roots,” the band en­joys a suc­cess­ful ca­reer of per­form­ing and record­ing, hailed by theWall Street Jour­nal as “red hot” and “very ex­cit­ing.”

“Every­body will hear some­thing that’s fa­mil­iar,” Asher said of the band’s up­com­ing Mis­eri­cor­dia per­for­mance. “I feel like it’s very up­lift­ing.”

Tick­ets for the Un­der the Stars Sum­mer Arts Fes­ti­val are $ 120 for a six- seat fes­ti­val ta­ble, $ 15 for amp­ithe­ater seat­ing and $ 10 for lawn seats. For tick­ets, call 570674- 6719 or visit mis­eri­cor­dia. edu/ uts.

For more on Emily Asher’s Gar­den Party, visit emilyasher. com.

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