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Saturday, July 15, 2006

Jazz in the Symphony 2002

One of my favorite programs that I ever created was "Jazz in the Symphony" with the Hradec Kralove Philharmonic in 2002. The highlight of our concert was a performance of Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" with pianist Lukas Vondracek, but first we introduced the audience to works of other composers which also used Jazz influences even before the Rhapsody in Blue was written in 1923: Stravinsky - Soldier's Tale (Ragtime), Hindemith - Kammermusik Nr.1, & Milhaud - La creation du monde.
We started the program with Ravel's "Alborada del grazioso", and we also gave the Czech premier of "A Night in the Tropics" (written in 1859) by New Orleanian composer Louis Moreau Gottschalk.

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