PBS, YoungArts To Premiere ‘Jazz And The Philharmonic’
The National YoungArts Foundation and PBS will present the TV special “Jazz And The Philharmonic”—a concert film featuring classical and jazz musicians performing the works of Bach and Mozart as well as contemporary composers—on Feb. 28, at 9 p.m. Eastern.
The concert—which took place on Jan. 11, 2013, at the John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall at the Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami—includes performances by vocalist Bobby McFerrin, pianists Chick Corea and Dave Grusin, trumpeter Terence Blanchard, violinist Mark O’Connor, pianist-arranger Shelly Berg and the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra from the University of Miami Frost School of Music.
The concert recording is also available as a CD/DVD release, Jazz And The Philharmonic, on OKeh Records. Among the songs featured on the CD/DVD are the jazz standard “Autumn Leaves” performed by McFerrin, Corea and Grusin; Bach’s “Fugue In C Minor” performed by Blanchard and operatic bass-baritone Eric Owens; and the Aaron Copland-adapted Shaker hymn “Simple Gifts” performed by Grusin and O’Connor.
Following the national TV premiere on Feb. 28, PBS and YoungArts will present “Becoming An Artist” at 10:30 p.m. Eastern. The documentary explores the role of mentoring in artist development and features interviews with a broad range of artists, including dancers Mikhail Baryshnikov and Bill T. Jones; actors Robert Redford, Rosie Perez, Brian Stokes Mitchell and Kathleen Turner; architect Frank Gehry; and playwright John Guare.
“I was part of YoungArts when it first started,” said Blanchard. “To have such a formal organization acknowledge you as a young artist, saying that you have talent, and you can be here if you do this, was a great motivating factor for me.”
More information is posted at youngarts.org.