Ten, by George: Ted Rosenthal explores the Gershwin songbook

By Berkshires Jazz (other events)

Saturday, February 17 2018 7:30 PM 9:30 PM EDT

Ted Rosenthal and his New York-based trio perform jazz interpretations of ‘Rhapsody In Blue’ and 9 other familiar compositions of George Gershwin.

[The online box office is now closed. There may be some tickets available at the Berkshire Museum. Please call to be sure: 413-443-7171]

Ted Rosenthal is one of the leading jazz pianists of his generation, actively touring worldwide with his trio, as a soloist, and in various configurations. Winner of the 1988 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition, he has performed with many jazz greats, including Gerry Mulligan, Art Farmer, Phil Woods, Bob Brookmeyer, and James Moody.

His interpretation of George Gershwin compositions was captured on the CD “Rhapsody in Gershwin,” which provides the foundation for our “10, by George” concert. In reviewing this album, Kevin Whitehead of NPR said, “Rosenthal gets Gershwin’s sensibility (with) a classical pianist’s reverence for the material, and a jazz musician’s way of running off with it.” This CD reached #1 in jazz album sales at iTunes and Amazon.

A virtuoso interpreter and presenter of jazz and crossover music, Ted has 15 CDs to his name, including “Images of Monk”, which he performed at our 100th birthday tribute to Thelonious Monk in 2017. His trio includes Martin Wind, bass, and Tim Horner, drums. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 on the day of the event. Advance purchase strongly advised. Online box office closes at 3pm on Feb. 17.

A wine bar, featuring the products of Berkshires’ own Balderdash Winery, will be available starting at 6:30pm and at intermission.

This concert is part of downtown Pittsfield’s annual “10x10 Upstreet Arts Festival,” when arts organizations present a variety of concerts, plays, and other performances with a “10” theme.