Journey into Jazz

I’m excited about this upcoming December concert for several reasons. First of all, we’re doing music of John Adams, which we’ve never done here. Also, I’ve programmed a Tchaikovsky Symphony several times in the past few years, but it was always replaced by something else at the last minute. This time, I’ve programmed the Pathetique, and I’m not taking it off the program no matter what! Most of all, I’m looking forward to Journey into Jazz by Gunther Schuller. The narrator will be Darrell Grant, and the solo parts will be covered by a quintet of distinguished Portland jazz musicians. Darrell is a big celebrity in the Portland jazz scene, and he’s an amazing musician. We’re lucky to have him at PSU. Here’s video of Journey into Jazz with the composer conducting and Leonard Bernstein narrating:

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