Orchestra Plays Classical Jazz

Classical Jazz concert

The Sarah Lawrence College Orchestra's final concert will explore the influence of jazz on some of the most important twentieth century classical composers. The concert will take place on Tuesday, April 30 in Reisinger Concert Hall at 8 p.m., and is free and open to the public.

Including works by Copland, Stravinsky and Milhaud, and two songs by Gershwin, the program will give a glimpse of the musical period following World War I. Conductor Martin Goldray says that in the post-war period artists wanted to cast off the remnants of late nineteenth century Romantic style, and that the syncopations and hard-edged style of Ragtime and early jazz were ideally suited to the new sensibility. "Although Copland and Stravinsky's works from this time are fully composed concert pieces, both composers have appropriated some of the harmonies and stylistic traits of jazz," Martin Goldray commented.

Stravinsky's Three Pieces for Clarinet will be performed by Sarah Lawrence College senior Elizabeth Gustin, and orchestra conductor Martin Goldray will play Stravinsky's Ragtime for Piano. Soloists for Gershwin's "Embraceable You" and "Someone to Watch Over Me" include Sarah Lawrence College students Mari Guarino, Lily Fischer and Jessie Mejia. Two early twentieth century films, Han Richter's "Film Study" and Mary Ellen Bute's "Parabola" will be screened with Milhaud's Creation of the World.

For more information, please call (914) 395-2411.