Tuesday, April 18, 2006

...And all that JAZZ!

OK, kiddies, listen up! You only have three weeks left to see Paavo conduct his marvelous Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra this season--and if you don't go this week, I really do not know what you are waiting for! I will go out on a limb here and predict that these will be some of the most fun concerts of the year. I mean, a little Gershwin, a lot of Bernstein, and a little bit of "Mack the Knife"? It's classical music, but with a jazz flair.

Here's the program: Kurt Weill's Suite from "The Threepenny Opera"; Leonard Bernstein's Prelude, Fugue and Riffs in its original jazz version (CSO Premiere), featuring the CSO's principal clarinetist Richie Hawley; Bernstein's much-loved Symphonic Dances from "West Side Story"; and ending with George Gershwin's dramatic Rhapsody in Blue with special guest, pianist Wayne Marshall. (Fun Factoid: Paavo recorded these Bernstein pieces and others with Wayne Marshall and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in 1998! Click HERE to buy!)

Concert dates are Friday, April 21 and Saturday, April 22 at 8 pm; and Sunday, April 23 is a CSO Family Sundays Concert at 3 pm.

Read the Program Notes before you go. (I just did--and discovered that Benny Goodman played the clarinet part in Prelude, Fugue and Riffs when it premiered on television in 1955 with Bernstein conducting!) This program will air via streaming audio on Classical WGUC 90.9 FM on Sunday, May 14 at 7:30 pm.

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