"The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra will perform the world premiere of Indianapolis native and jazz legend Dr. David Baker’s new jazz-influenced symphonic work Dancing Shadows in the second weekend of Midwinter Festival concerts Jan. 19-20 at the Hilbert Circle Theatre. Music Director Mario Venzago will conduct.
The theme of the Midwinter Festival is Beethoven: The Independent Spirit, and was created by Venzago not only to showcase various masterworks by Beethoven, but also to complement those works with pieces by other composers who followed in his footsteps by creating their own unique composing styles as individuals that embodied Beethoven’s independent spirit as an artist and as a person.
Baker is the chairman of jazz studies at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. His new composition, Dancing Shadows, melds the world of jazz within a symphonic classical context.
The program will also include Musical America magazine’s 2005 “Instrumentalist of the Year” Christian Tetzlaff, who will perform one of the crown jewels of the repertoire: Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in D Major.
Pre-concert activities will include the John Stebbe Jazz Trio performing jazz works inspired by classical music, and a J.K. Family Foundation Words on Music presentation featuring Baker discussing his new work. Post-concert Encores with Mario event will feature Venzago and Baker discussing the cross-influences between classical music and jazz, and they will illustrate their points with improvisation on the piano.
Performance times are at 8 p.m. Friday and 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets range from $10-$63. Call 317-639-4300 or go to www.IndianapolisSymphony.org