Pittsburgh-based saxophonist, composer, and innovator, Ben Opie will bring an all-star ensemble to the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater this Tuesday to perform his symphonic suite entitled Concerto For Orkestra. This will be just the second time and possibly (but hopefully NOT) the last time that this music is being performed for an audience.
I was fortunate enough to attend it’s debut back in May of 2014 at the New Hazlett Theater on the North Side. You can check out my thoughts here. Overall, the piece is very cinematic, diverse, intriguing and extremely cool. Ben provided a nice description of the movements on his blog. I’m not yet sure if the lineup of musicians (including Jazz Orbits favorites Dave Throckmorton, Paul Thompson, Lou Stellute, Ian Gordon, etc.) will be the same, but I assume most, if not all, will be returning from the 2014 performance.
If you will be in Pittsburgh, around Pittsburgh, or are able to find a cheap flight!, I strongly urge you to make plans to be there. You do not want to sleep on this one! Advance tickets are still available. $15 advance and $20 at the door. I hope to see you there.
Here’s a video of the movement entitled “Incline”. Enjoy!