Journey from Mozart to Jazz, with narrator Barney Frank

Chamber Orchestra FIRST EDITIONS kicks off its third season with a program exploring the synthesis of classical music and jazz – called “third stream music” – with a performance of Gunther Schuller’s 1962 classic “Journey into Jazz,” narrated by liberal icon Barney Frank, and the premiere of a composition for jazz quintet and string orchestra by drummer Gabriel Globus-Hoenich. These 20th and 21st century pieces will be complemented by early works of W.A. Mozart, including the Piano Concerto No. 12 with pianist Andrew Hauze and the remarkable Symphony No. 29, written at age 18. A half-hour discussion with Rep. Frank and the musicians will precede each concert.

Friday, October 6, 8 PM

Lang Concert Hall, Swarthmore College
concert free and open to the public without ticket

Saturday, October 7, 3 PM

Roberts Hall, Haverford College
concert free and open to the public without ticket

Sunday, October 8, 3 PM

Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
tickets $10 – $20


James Freeman, conductor
Heidi Jacob, Associate Conductor

  • W.A. Mozart, Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in A Major, K. 414
    • Andrew Hauze, piano
  • Gunther Schuller, Journey into Jazz, for narrator, orchestra, and jazz quintet
    • Barney Frank, narrator
    • Rittenhouse Jazz Quintet
  • Gabriel Globus-Hoenich
    • new commissioned work for jazz quintet and string orchestra
  • W.A. Mozart, Symphony in A Major, K. 201

Two Premieres and Early Mozart Magic, with Cynthia Raim and Natalie Zhu

Two beloved Philadelphia-based pianists share the stage for our second concert series of the 2017/18 season.  New commissioned works by RICHARD DANIELPOUR and JAN KRZYWICKI will be surrounded by Mozart’s only two Rondos for Piano and Orchestra.  Ms. RAIM and Ms. ZHU  will then join with the orchestra in Mozart’s only concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra.

Saturday, February 17, 3 PM

Haverford College’s Roberts Hall

Sunday, February 18, 7:30 PM

Trinity Center, 22nd and Spruce Streets