The members of The Central Coast Chorale under the direction of Dr. Mary Lee Scoville will be presenting the second of their “Anything Goes” Annual Spring Concerts, “A Tribute to Dave Brubeck,” which will be a fund raiser for the Newport Performing Arts Center.
Brubeck died December 5th, 2012 just a few days short of his 92nd birthday. “He will be remembered for his ‘cool’ and ‘progressive’ style of jazz, states CCC publicist Carol Duvall, “although he was exposed to a vast repertoire of musical styles and was a respected composer of orchestral and sacred music. And, he also wrote soundtracks for television.”
One of his compositions, “They All Sang Yankee Doodle,” in his own words, “is a personal view of American history.” “Yankee Doodle” with variations is the most concise way to describe the piece which was commissioned by the New Haven Symphony Orchestra to commemorate Connecticut’s participation in The United States Bicentennial. This chart will be the concert finale. “This exciting music,” Duvall believes, “ is a fitting end, not only to the concert but to the Loyalty Days’ celebration as well.”
Joining the vocalists on stage will be vocal ensemble Women of Note singing one of Brubeck’s most famous compositions, “Take Five.” Mary Lee Scoville and Jessica Treon will play two movements from Brubeck’s “Points on Jazz” for two pianos. Rounding out the concert will be well known and popular jazz group Perpetua with guest instrumentalist John Bringetto. They will perform several of Brubeck’s charts including “The Duke,” “Tangerine,” “My Favorite Things,” and “In Your Own Sweet Way.” Bill Hartsell, music director for Perpetua, says, “two are Brubeck compositions (“The Duke” and “…Sweet Way”), and the other two are tunes he played quite often. We felt it would be good to represent not only Brubeck’s compositions, but his take on a few jazz standards, especially in his West Coast/Cool style”.
Running time for this concert will be about 1 hour and 15 minutes and will be performed without intermission. Admission is by donation. Prelude music will be performed 15 minutes prior to the concert.
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