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11|12 Jazz @ Massey Hall (Series of 3 Concerts) – Massey Hall
HERBIE HANCOCK with Orchestra: Acoustic at Massey Hall
Alain Trudel conductor
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2011 8PM
Herbie Hancock has long been considered one of the great musical innovators of our time. The 14-time Grammy Award winner kicks off the Jazz @ Massey Hall series with a rare unamplified, all acoustic performance. Toronto audiences will hear master musicians perform orchestral works such as the Symphonic Suite from Porgy and Bess in addition to Gershwin’s Rhapsody In Blue performed as it would have originally been heard in the Hall in 1934, with the true sounds of the space showcased. He’s been called America’s jazz ambassador, a futuristic technology advocate, a dedicated educator, and of course, a music luminary. Most of all, like all great artists he makes things new again.
Gershwin: Catfish Row (Symphonic suite from Porgy and Bess)
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Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue (feat. Herbie Hancock)
Various: Selections for solo piano
JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER ORCHESTRA with Wynton Marsalis
Wynton Marsalis musical director
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2012 8PM
In celebration of his 50th birthday, Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra perform the very best of the award winning composer’s extensive repertoire, including timeless arrangements and new compositions. The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis concerts are internationally acclaimed, with the Daily Telegraph calling them “the finest big band in the world today.” They were a highlight of the 2010|11 Season, and Massey Hall is thrilled to welcome them back in 2012 with this very special Wynton at 50 celebration tour.
SOPHIE MILMAN with special guest Robi Botos
FRIDAY, JUNE 1, 2012 8PM
JazzTimes Magazine refers to her as “Canada’s hottest young jazz singer,” and Toronto-based Sophie Milman, whose unique style has captivated audiences worldwide, has performed around the globe, hitting such landmark venues as the Hollywood Bowl, the Kennedy Center, and New York’s Blue Note club, sharing stages with Chick Corea, Chris Botti, and the Manhattan Transfer. Her fitting homecoming show in Toronto’s historic Massey Hall is sure to be a memorable part of the 2011|12 season. With a brand new album set for release this fall, Milman is sure to illuminate the venue with romance as she performs new material in addition to songs from her award-winning catalogue.