PIFA: Paris When It Sizzled

Don't forget to catch "Paris When it Sizzled" next Thursday, April 28 at 7:30pm at the Independence Seaport Museum performed by the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra and conducted by fellow "Adaumbelle's Quest" participant and award winning Maestra Jeri Lynne Johnson! Jeri Lynne is one of the few African-American conductors in the country and Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra is one of the few ethnically diverse chamber orchestras, so this is definitely going to be a very, very special evening not only of music, but of culture!

Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra Music Director Maestra Jeri Lynne Johnson explores the impact of “hot” jazz on the emerging modern styles of two of Paris’s most iconic composers: Igor Stravinsky and Darius Milhaud. Master jazz trombonist Wycliffe Gordon and members of the Rodney Mack Philadelphia Big Brass join the BPCO in a musical journey that will take the audience from Paris to Harlem and back again. Pre-jazz Stravinsky and Milhaud pieces open the concert followed by selections of some of the sizzling sounds of rag time and Dixieland music Black musicians were cooking up in America. The concert ends where it began when the BPCO returns to Paris with works from both composers that resulted from their encounters with jazz - Stravinsky's Rag Time for 11 Instruments and Milhaud's daring ballet suite, La creation du monde

"Paris-When It Sizzled" is part of the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA). It plays April 28 at 7:30pm at the Independence Seaport Museum (211 South Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19106). Click here for tickets!

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Barbara Walsh

Laurence Mark Wythe