Jazz trumpeter Orbert Davis and his Chicago Jazz Philharmonic (CJP) in performance (photo by Darron Jones).
Clef Notes Chicagoland Journal for the Arts
Chicago jazz luminary Orbert Davis and his Chicago Jazz Philharmonic (CJP) will return to the Auditorium Theatre on Friday, November 11, with a diverse program that celebrates the rich cultural fabric of the United States. The vibrant evening of music includes a Veterans Day salute to Chicago veterans, the world premiere of a suite inspired by the Mississippi River and its cultural and geographical significance, and a revisiting of the piece Concerto for a Genius with MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant winner and acclaimed pianist Reginald Robinson. Chicago Jazz Philharmonic will also premiere a piece called Reencuentro (Reunion), written by 18-year-old Cuban musician Jorge Enrique Amado Molina, who was inspired to compose the work after performing with the CJP at the Auditorium Theatre in 2015’s "Cuba: Scenes From Life."
The disparate works represented on the program is representative of the vast cultural landscape that encapsulates the United States and is perfectly suited to the Auditorium Theatre's unique series devoted to the work of U.S. composers. Says Auditorium Theatre CEO Tania Castroverde Moskalenko, "I am absolutely delighted to welcome the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic to our Historic Landmark stage as part of our American Music Series. The unforgettable evening of American music includes a diverse program of works that honor our veterans, celebrate the mighty Mississippi River, and introduce us to a world premiere created by a young Cuban musician who was inspired by his Chicago experience last year. This is a not-to-be-missed performance!”
Chicago Jazz Philharmonic, founded by artistic director Orbert Davis in 2004, is a 2016 recipient of the MacArthur Foundation Award for Creative and Effective Institutions. The orchestra fuses jazz and classical styles to create a “third stream” musical experience that can be enjoyed by students, musicians, audiences, and communities around the world.
For more information about the concert or for tickets, visit auditoriumtheatre.org or call 312.341.2300.