Music and spirituality have always been fully intertwined in the artistic vision of trumpeter, composer, educator and activist Sean Jones. Singing and performing as a child with the church choir in his hometown of Warren, Ohio, Sean switched from the drums to the trumpet upon his first exposure to Miles Davis at the age of 10. Twenty-five years later, he still cites Miles’ overall artistic vision and purity of sound as his greatest personal influence. With Mack Avenue Records he has just released his seventh recording: im.pro.vise = never before seen. He’s currently performing with the quartet on his latest CD, who have been working together since 2007 – with pianist Orrin Evans, bassist Luques Curtis and drummer Obed Calvaire.
The year 2018 marks the 100th Anniversary of the birth of the great conductor, composer, pianist, author and lecturer, Leonard Bernstein. In celebration thereof, UNH Opera Workshop under the direction of Professor David Ripley and pianist Elizabeth Blood UNH Opera presents Giants! Bernstein and Beethoven.
The first half presents Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti (1953) written in his mid 30’s, with the wonderful singer-actors Joseph Harris and Emma Donahue as the perfectly-miserable-married-suburban couple Sam and Dinah. A fabulous jazz choir comments on their efforts to restore their tattered relationship.
It’s the end of the world as we know it, and thanks to the Simpsons, we feel fine! (sort of). This off-beat dark comedy explores the comfort, power, and transformation of stories over time. Even classical Greek theatre would have evolved from the popular culture of the time. With people sitting around a fire retelling the most entertaining stories of the day, these ancient characters and tales evolved to the level of mythological splendor. If civilization were to come to a screeching halt in the very, very near future, what pop culture and stories might hold us together and become the next generation of great myths? Cowabunga!