The Minnesota Orchestra, a classical orchestra, commissions not one, but two "jazz" concertos in as many years. I like that.
Composer and performer Evan Christopher’s music is steeped in the history and vocabulary of Bechet, Barney Bigard and other early masters, but it’s also very modern. You’re hearing something old, yet it feels fresh and contemporary. Add Christopher’s compelling stage presence and gorgeous sound — if the clarinet can be this beautiful and expressive, why don’t more people play it? — and this promises to be an electrifying evening.
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