Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra: “Paris, When it Sizzled: Stravinsky, Milhaud and 'Le Jazz Hot'" Apr. 28 Phila Int'l Festival of the Arts

[Jeri Lynne Johnson, Founder and Conductor, The Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra]

Julia Rubio, Executive Director of The Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra, sends AfriClassical a Press Release:

Philadelphia, PA -April 13, 2011 – The Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra presents Paris, When it Sizzled: Stravinsky, Milhaud and "Le Jazz Hot" as part of the 2011 Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts on Thursday, April 28th, 7:30pm at the Independence Seaport Museum. Ticket information at or 215-546-PIFA. Ticket price $10-$35.

Drawing from the very best classical musicians representing the region's ethnic and cultural diversity, the BPCO will perform under the baton of award-wining Music Director and Founder Jeri Lynne Johnson.

The concert will explore the impact of Dixieland or “hot” jazz on the emerging modern styles of two of Paris’s most iconic composers: Igor Stravinsky and Darius Milhaud. The program will feature Milhaud's La création du monde, and Symphonie pour petit orchestre no. 3, op 71 "Serenade" and no 1. op 43 "Le printemps," Stravinsky's Octet for Wind Instruments and Ragtime for 11 Instruments. During the program, guest artist and master jazz trombonist Wycliffe Gordon will take the stage with members of the Rodney Mack Philadelphia Big Brass to perform some of the sizzling sounds Black musicians were cooking up in America at that time.

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