The Ted Rosenthal Trio performs a creative and insightful program that illustrates how many classical themes have been incorporated into popular music and jazz. Their trio performance will include joint numbers with the Elayne P. Bernstein Octet.
Ted Rosenthal is an iconic jazz pianist, and has performed worldwide, both as a leader and as a sideman with many jazz greats, including Gerry Mulligan, Art Farmer, Phil Woods, Bob Brookmeyer, and Jon Faddis. He has released 15 CDs as a leader or sideman, including new treatments and "derangements" of great American standards, jazz tunes and classical themes, as well as his original compositions. He is equally at home in classical music and jazz, although he is far better-known for is innovative approach to jazz.
Ted's classical/jazz crossover performances include solo and featured appearances with the Boston Pops, the Baltimore Symphony, the Kansas City Symphony, and many other orchestras. His work includes adapting themes by Brahms, Schumann, Tchaikovsky and others into a mainstream jazz idiom. Local audiences are still talking about his interpretation of “Rhapsody In Blue” at the Berkshire Museum last year.
The Kids 4 Harmony Elayne P. Bernstein Octet is a group of student musicians in elementary and middle schools. Inspired by the worldwide El Sistema movement, Kids 4 Harmony is an after-school music lessons program operated by Berkshire Children and Families. The octet is the most advanced ensemble in Kids 4 Harmony, and members have appeared in large and small events from Boston to Los Angeles, including the national Take A Stand Orchestra under the baton of maestro Gustavo Dudamel.
The program is presented in conjunction with ArtWeek, a 10-day celebration of Massachusetts’ rich cultural offerings. It is also our contribution to Jazz Appreciation Month, a nationwide initiative of the Smithsonian Institution, and recognized by Congress in 2003.
Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 on the day of the event.