Orchestral Music with a Jazz Flavor (via SF Gate)

No sooner had jazz begun to spread widely throughout the culture than classical composers in both America and Europe started drawing on it for their own ends. The result was a sort of blurry hybrid, in which the musical ideas of the genre’s inventors were bent, appropriated and reinterpreted in the context of classical concert music.

This weekend’s program by the California Symphony under Music Director Donato Cabrera focuses on several of the classics of that process. The program includes Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue,” with Charlie Albright as the piano soloist, Bernstein’s “Prelude, Fugue and Riffs,” and music by Stravinsky, Milhaud and Weill.

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