Journey from Mozart to Jazz, with narrator Barney Frank

Chamber Orchestra First Editions kicks off its second 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 “A Journey into Jazz,” narrated by liberal icon Barney Frank, and the premiere of a new composition by jazz drummer Gabriel Globus-Hoenich. As with all COFE productions, 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 – $25

 

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
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The Sparkling Flute of Mimi Stillman plus Three Provocative New Works

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Saturday, February 18, 8 PM

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

Sunday, February 19, 8 PM

Trinity Center, 22nd and Spruce Streets, Philadelphia
concert free and open to the public without ticket

 

James Freeman, conductor

  • Bright Elegy (2016), for string orchestra, Robert Maggio
    • First Performance
  • Via Cordis (2016), for string orchestra, Ingrid Arauco
    • First Performance
  • A Meeting of Souls (2012), Curt Cacioppo
    • Curt Cacioppo, harpsichord
    • Heidi Jacob, conducting
    • First Performance
  • Intermission
  • Concerto in G for Flute and Orchestra, K. 313 (1778), W.A. Mozart (1756-91)
    • Allegro maestoso
    • Adagio ma non troppo
    • Rondo. Tempo di Menuetto
    • Mimi Stillman, flute
  • Viaje (2015), for flute and string orchestra, Zhou Tian
    • Mimi Stillman, flute

Two Haunting Elegies and Mozart: Salzburg 1776 to Vienna 1784

Concert 1 photo landscapeSaturday, September 24, 8 PM

Roberts Hall, Haverford College

Sunday, September 25, 8 PM

Lang Concert Hall, Swarthmore College

Both concerts free and open to the public without ticket

How does a personal calamity, an international disaster, or just the passage of years affect a composer’s music? How does Janice Hamer deal with the tragedy of refugees fleeing war and poverty in “For the Uprooted?” How does Arne Running express the inner turmoil of his personal life in his “Lamentation”? What circumstances led Mozart to interrupt his work on the piano concerto we now list as K. 449, finally completing it more than two years later? Can we see his progression as a composer from the “Wunderkind” years of the “Serenata Notturna” to the mastery of K. 449, or even in the two years that separate the movements of K. 449? What makes a composer “tick”? We hope you’ll join us to ponder these questions or just sit back and enjoy a compelling combination of early Mozart and new music.

2015/2016: Mozart / Folio / Jacob

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Chamber Orchestra FIRST EDITIONS

James Freeman, Artistic Director

Presents

New Works by Cynthia Folio and Heidi Jacob
Mozart’s Symphony K. 16 and Piano Concerto K.271
Charles Abramovic, soloist

Sunday, Feb. 21, 3:00 PM
Lang Concert Hall, Swarthmore College

Friday, Feb. 26, 7:30 PM
Roberts Hall, Haverford College

Both concerts free and open to the public without ticket

Program