One night at the Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield MA
The Ted Rosenthal Trio will make a return appearance to Pittsfield on April 27, with a program that demonstrates the influence that classical music has had on the modern music scene. Called “Jazz Meets the Classics,” Rosenthal performs a creative and insightful program that includes selections he will play with the Elayne P. Bernstein Octet, the advanced strings ensemble from Kids 4 Harmony. The concert begins at 7:30pm at the Berkshire Museum, 39 South St., Pittsfield, Mass., and will be preceded by a beverage service and winetasting.
Ted Rosenthal is an iconic jazz pianist who has performed worldwide, both as a leader and as a sideman with many jazz greats, including Gerry Mulligan, Art Farmer, Phil Woods, Bob Brookmeyer, and Jon Faddis. His classical/jazz crossover performances include solo and featured appearances with the Boston Pops, the Baltimore Symphony, the Kansas City Symphony, and many other orchestras. His work includes adapting themes by Brahms, Schumann, Tchaikovsky and others into a mainstream jazz idiom. Local audiences are still talking about his interpretation of “Rhapsody In Blue” at the Berkshire Museum last year.
In addition to Rosenthal on piano, the trio comprises Thomson Kneeland on bass, and Tim Horner, drums.
The Elayne P. Bernstein Octet is the most advanced ensemble in Kids 4 Harmony, an after-school music program which is operated by Berkshire Children and Families. Members have appeared in large and small events from Boston to Los Angeles, including the national Take A Stand Orchestra under the baton of maestro Gustavo Dudamel. They have performed three times locally with the renowned classical pianist Emanuel Ax, as well as participating in Tanglewood On Parade.
The program is presented in partnership with the Berkshire Museum, and is part of ArtWeek, a celebration of the rich cultural offerings found throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The program also tips its hat to April as Jazz Appreciation Month, a nationwide initiative of the Smithsonian Institution, and recognized by Congress in 2003.
The concert is sponsored by TD Bank, and is made possible through a generous donation from The Feigenbaum Foundation. Berkshires Jazz President Edward Bride said that the concert is dedicated to the memory of Leslie J. Warren, a trustee of the Feigenbaum Foundation who passed away during 2018. She was a champion of the arts, noted Bride, and helped guide the Feigenbaum Foundation it its ongoing commitment to improving the quality of life in the Berkshires.
The 7:30pm concert will be preceded by an optional beverage service and wine tasting beginning at 6:30pm. Attendees are invited to meet the musicians after the concert.