An Evening of Igor Stravinsky’s Petroushka (1911) and other songs
Ever since I performed Petroushka by Igor Stravinsky about 40 years ago with the New England Conservatory Orchestra under Gunther Schuller, I heard the jazz elements in the music. Even then I thought this piece and other works by Stravinsky had huge potential for a wider audience and not just classical music lovers. He has always been one of my favorite composers along with Ravel and Satie. Over the past 2 years I have endeavored to write out a reduction of this epic work for a nonet. The instrumentation is two trumpets, trombone, bass trombone, flute, tenor saxophone, piano, bass and percussion. This is not a suite or overview of the work. It is in it’s entirety. The tricky part was to try and fool the ear into thinking all the parts are there with a minimum of musicians. Also within the work I have composed several pieces as potential ‘spin-offs’ to freely improvise. These explorations hopefully lend to the overall spirit of the piece. What remains is a ‘hybrid’ of classical music and improvised music commonly referred to as jazz. This could potentially be the musical event of the year.
The 1st set of music will be the sextet performing originals and interesting arrangements of the American Songbook. The 2nd set will be Petroushka in it’s entirety.
trumpets: Mike Rocha, Jonathan Dane and Steve Huffsteter
trombones: Ido Meshulam, Erik Hughes
flute: Sara Andon
tenor saxophone: Rob Lockart
piano: Bryan Pezzone, Sam Hirsh
bass: Chris Colangelo
percussion: Matt Gordy
Cover Charge: $15 tickets in advance at www.bluewhalemusic.com