New Symphonic Programs 2019-2020
Two decades after the release of her debut album, Grammy-nominated and platinum-certified vocalist Stacey Kent releases her first ever orchestral album, I Know I Dream on Sony Records worldwide. The orchestral seed was planted during Stacey’s series of sold out performances with internationally-acclaimed quartet QUATUOR EBENE. After hearing how beautiful the blend of vocal, saxophone and string quartet resonated, and seeing the tremendous audience reaction to these stellar performances night after night, it was only a matter of time before the seed blossomed into a fully-grown musical idea and concept for Stacey. After the touring cycle for Stacey’s recent debut album (on Sony) Tenderly was completed, Stacey and her musical director/producer/arranger Jim Tomlinson had the idea to revisit the music performed with QUATUOR EBENE but to expand upon it to incorporate a full orchestra. Tommy Laurence (a protégé of Johnny Mandel) was brought in to write orchestral charts and a two-night orchestral premiere was booked in Bordeaux France. L’Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine was the orchestra chosen to bring this new musical creation to life. The performances sold out and received rave reviews from both music critics and audience members. With a successful premiere behind them, Stacey and Jim now embark on a worldwide tour collaborating with orchestras including Orchestre Symphonique De Lyon, the Geneva Chamber Orchestra and the Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra. The repertoire available to perform with orchestra includes original music (including Jim’s collaboration with Booker-prize winning novelist Kazuo Ishiguro) plus Brazilian classics (including selections by Antonio Carlos Jobim) and American songbook standards.
The Arturo Sandoval Concerto # 2 for Symphony and Orchestra will have its U.S. premier in 2017. Arturo Sandoval is a world-renowned classical musician and has performed with the foremost orchestras the world over. For the debut release of John Williams’ Trumpet Concerto, Arturo recorded the work with the London Symphony Orchestra. Arturo’s classical artistry has earned him the respect and admiration of the most prestigious conductors, composers and symphony orchestras worldwide. Arturo’s performances with Symphony Orchestras, accompanied by his rhythm section, are some of his most diverse and sought-after presentations. These exhilarating shows feature Arturo performing a renowned classical concerto (Hummel, Hayden, Arutunian, and more) followed by Pops charts which include Arturo’s greatest compositions arranged for full orchestra. Finally the show closes with Arturo and his rhythm section leading the audience to their feet with their exuberant Afro-Cuban pulse and vibrant melodic hues, a captivating and dazzling musical experience. Sandoval is one of the most dynamic and vivacious live performers of our time. His TV performances have been seen by millions and include the Oscars where he played with Celine Dion, Grammy performances with Justin Timberlake and with his own band and his debut on the Billboard Awards Show accompanying Alicia Keys. In 2013, Arturo was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, America’s highest civilian honor, by President Obama. Partial Performance List: Boston Symphony & Boston Pops National Symphony Baltimore Symphony Honolulu Symphony Indianapolis Symphony Memphis Symphony Pittsburgh Symphony Rochester Philharmonic Utah Symphony
London Symphony Los Angeles Philharmonic Detroit Symphony Houston Symphony Madison Symphony Oregon Symphony Puerto Rico Symphony Toledo Symphony Winnipeg Symphony
The breakout success of the Oscar-winning documentary Twenty Feet from Stardom (2013) altered the course of Lisa Fischer’s musical journey. Featuring clips of Lisa’s 1991 Grammy-winning R&B hit “How Can I Ease the Pain” and her legendary duet with Mick Jagger on “Gimme Shelter”, along with glowing testimonies from famous colleagues including Sting, Patti Austin, and Chris Botti; the film showcased her virtuosity and vulnerability. The film earned her a second Grammy award and left audiences eager to see and hear more. As the New York Times observed, “Ms. Fischer has become the unexpected star of Mr. Neville’s film.” The music of Lisa Fischer and her band Grand Baton is an organic gumbo of progressive rock and psychedelic soul; African, Middle Eastern, and Caribbean rhythms; and classical influences. In performance, they reinvent songs by Led Zeppelin, Amy Grant, Little Willie John, and The Rolling Stones, as well as selections from Lisa’s original catalogue. After decades of bringing raw soul to the stage for The Rolling Stones, Sting, Tina Turner, and Nine Inch Nails, Lisa is emerging as the most inventive and heartfelt interpreter of classic rock songs working today. Thanks to the help from our friends at the Seattle Symphony, Lisa is bringing her collective experience and artistry to the orchestra world. From February 16th to 18th, 2018, Lisa will premiere a new “Pops” program, featuring classic rock songs reimagined with the sound of the symphony. The arrangements integrate lush orchestra passages with virtuosic excursions in the adventurous territories Lisa travels with Grand Baton. This program celebrates the roots of rock and roll; its spiritual fervor and sexuality; and explores its infinite possibilities. Planned repertoire includes “Gimme Shelter”, “It’s Only Rock & Roll,” and other selections form Muddy Waters, Little Willie John, Chuck Berry, Howlin Wolf, Sam Cooke, Robert Johnson, Robert Palmer, and Amy Grant. Whether fronting her own band or collaborating with other artists, Lisa’s passion for music leads to growth and experimentation. She recorded the title track for Billy Childs’ Grammy-winning recording “Map to the Treasure” (2014); collaborated with Lang Lang, Yo-Yo Ma, and Gregory Porter on recent albums; and created music with J.C. Maillard for the Alonzo King Lines Ballet. “It’s an exciting new chapter for an artist who had early career success but eschewed the trappings of celebrity in favor of making honest music every night,” Broadway World observes.
Modern orchestras hope to balance the classic with the contemporary. With John Pizzarelli in the center spotlight, audience members can expect an evening of cool jazz flavors led by the unfailing charisma of a master showman. As the Boston Globe raved after his recent smash success with the Boston Pops, John’s performances triumphantly succeed in “reinvigorating the Great American Songbook and re-popularizing jazz.” Pizzarelli looks forward to bringing his sublime and inventive musical ingenuity to symphony spaces worldwide. Nat King Cole at 100: Pizzarelli says “Nat Cole is why I do what I do". Who better to salute the centennial celebration of Nat King Cole than John himself. Since his best-selling album, "Dear Mr. Cole" and the follow up, "PS: Mr. Cole", Pizzarelli has been performing Cole's sound and songs to generations who have come to love and respect "King" not only for his great ballad singing, but for his outstanding jazz piano playing and vocal delivery. All the bases are covered from “Unforgettable" and "For Sentimental Reasons" to "Route 66" and "Straighten Up and Fly Right.” You'll want to fly right to the concert hall to hear it! Sinatra & Jobim at 50: John, a premier interpreter of the great American Songbook and Daniel Jobim, grandson of bossa nova legend Antonio Carlos Jobim, team up to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the legendary studio meeting between Frank Sinatra and Antonio Carlos Jobim, which resulted in an album that still rates as one of the best of its day. John and Daniel will perform songs from the record that brought together jazz and bossa nova, from Brazilian standards such as "The Girl from Ipanema”, "One Note Samba” to American standards like "I Concentrate On You" and "Baubles, Bangles and Beads". Stephen Holden of the NY Times commented, “[the] evening reinforced my conviction that some popular music is so beautiful and eloquent, it never grows old.” McCartney and More: In May of 2014, John Pizzarelli received a letter from Paul McCartney asking a favor. Would he like to make an album of (Sir Paul’s) post-Beatle songs and some lesser known melodies? And, if you would, call it "Midnight McCartney”? The result was a critically acclaimed cd that resulted in a wonderful symphony show entitled McCartney and More. This memorable show features songs not only from Midnight McCartney, but other Beatles classics, like “My Love, "Silly Love Songs", "Maybe I'm Amazed" and "Can't Buy Me Love” to name a few. Stephen Holden from the NY Times, called the show "revelatory.”
Just in case you aren't familiar with Béla Fleck, there are some who say he's the world’s premier banjo player. The 15-time Grammy® Award winner has been nominated in more categories than any other artist in Grammy® history, and remains a powerfully creative force globally in bluegrass, jazz, classical pop, rock and world beat. Most recently, Béla and his wife Abigail Washburn took home the 2016 Grammy® for Best Folk Album, and the impact of fatherhood sparked The Juno Concerto, a piece for banjo and orchestra, named for his firstborn son. The album Juno Concerto (March 3 / Rounder Records) was recorded with the Colorado Symphony, conducted by José Luis Gomez. Companion pieces to The Juno Concerto include “Griff” (G riff), featuring Béla with the Brooklyn Rider string quartet, and the second movement of 1984’s “Quintet for Banjo and Strings.” Recorded here for the first time in 2016, the piece was co-written with friend and mentor, Edgar Meyer and was Béla’s first foray into classical music. In 2016, Béla unveiled The Juno Concerto, performing it with co-commissioners the Canton, Colorado, South Carolina and Louisville symphony orchestras. “For Juno Concerto, I wanted to take what I had learned from writing and performing my first concerto and apply it here,” says Béla. “My first concerto The Impostor was written in 2011 and now that it was performed over 50 times, I’ve had the chance to observe what I like and what I think could be different. This time I wanted to improve my writing for the orchestra, to create more and better slow music, and for the solo parts to focus on flow and things that come naturally to the banjo, rather than attempting to do the nearly impossible, constantly.” Any world-class musician born with the names Béla (for Bartok), Anton (for Dvorak) and Leos (for Janacek) would seem destined to play classical music. Fleck made the classical connection with Perpetual Motion, his critically acclaimed 2001 Sony Classical recording that went on to win a pair of Grammys, including Best Classical Crossover Album. Collaborating with Fleck on Perpetual Motion was his long time friend and colleague, Edgar Meyer, an amazing bassist/composer whose virtuosity defies labels. Béla and Edgar co-wrote and performed a double concerto for banjo, bass and the Nashville Symphony, which debuted in November 2003.
FULL ROSTER Andy McKee Artemis Arturo Sandoval Béla Fleck Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn Béla Fleck and The Flecktones Bill Charlap Bobby McFerrin * Cameron Graves Catherine Russell Cécile McLorin Salvant Charles Lloyd Chicago Plays The Stones Chick Corea Christian Sands Davina and The Vagabonds Dee Dee Bridgewater Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio Eddie Palmieri Ellis Marsalis Elvin Bishop Fred Hersch Gary Burton Harold López-Nussa Herlin Riley Hot Club Of Cowtown House Of Waters Inglorious Jack Broadbent Jane Monheit * Joey Alexander Joey DeFrancesco
* EXCLUDING NORTH AMERICA
John Pizzarelli John Sebastian Jontavious Willis Kruger Brothers Kurt Elling Lisa Fischer Lizz Wright Marcia Ball Melissa Aldana Meshell Ndegeocello Nathan East Nigel Hall Pat Metheny Pharoah Sanders * Pokey LaFarge Ranky Tanky Ravi Coltrane Red Baraat Resident Alien Ronnie Baker Brooks Ronnie Earl and The Broadcasters Roy Haynes SF Jazz Collective Stacey Kent TAUK The Hot Sardines The Manhattan Transfer The New Standards The Soul Rebels Tommy Emmanuel * Twisted Pine Wynton Marsalis
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