Amram’s Chamber Music and Kerouac’s On the Road
Peter Jay Sharp Theatre at Symphony Space
NY Chamber Music Festival
New York Chamber Music Festival presents chamber music works by multi-instrumentalist and legendary composer David Amram, whose groundbreaking work, combining jazz and classical music, led to scores for movies like the Manchurian Candidate. A virtuoso performer himself, David Amram's integration of jazz, ethnic and folk music has led him to work with legends like Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, Dizzy Gillespie, Charles Mingus, Stan Getz, as well as Willie Nelson, Pete Seeger, Leonard Bernstein, Allen Ginsberg, Bob Dylan, and Jack Kerouac. In a program featuring several of his chamber music compositions, as well as readings from Jack Kerouac's iconic On the Road, David Amram collaborates with "The Sopranos" actor John Ventimiglia, world-renowned flutist Carol Wincenc, MET principal percussionist Greg Zuber, former MET Opera concertmaster Elmira Darvarova, New York Philharmonic hornist Howard Wall, famed cellist Wendy Sutter, acclaimed pianists Tomoko Kanamaru and Hsin-Chiao Liao, the David Amram Quartet, members of the New York Piano Quartet and members of the ensemble Face the Music with artistic director Jennifer Undercofler.
In the program: • Native American Portraits for Violin, Piano and Percussion • Violin Sonata (dedicated to Jack Kerouac) • Theme and Variations on "Red River Valley" for Flute and Strings • "Giants of the Night" Flute Concerto (second movement, dedicated to Jack Kerouac): New York premiere of the chamber music version • Blues and Variations For Monk for Solo Horn • Portraits for Piano Quartet • Summer Song, a piano quartet for young musicians (New York premiere) • 5 readings from Jack Kerouac's On the Road