One night at the Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield MA
Berkshires Jazz has announced a one-time concert of George Gershwin compositions by the renowned pianist Ted Rosenthal. Slated for the Berkshire Museum on Feb. 17, the concert is part of Pittsfield’s annual 10x10 Upstreet Arts Festival.
The concert, which starts at 7:30pm, features jazz interpretations of “Rhapsody In Blue” and nine other Gershwin favorites. In keeping with the theme of the 10-day arts festival, the program is named “10, by George.” A wine bar featuring the offerings of Pittsfield’s Balderdash Wine Cellars will be available starting at 6:30pm.
Ted Rosenthal is one of the leading jazz pianists of his generation, actively touring worldwide with his trio, as a soloist, and in various configurations. Winner of the 1988 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition, he has performed with many jazz greats, including Gerry Mulligan, Art Farmer, Phil Woods, Bob Brookmeyer, and James Moody. He last appeared in the Berkshires in the summer of 2017, when he presented a centennial tribute to Thelonious Monk, in Lee. His original long-form composition, “Images of Monk,” drew a standing ovation.
Rosenthal’s jazz treatment of George Gershwin compositions was captured on the CD “Rhapsody in Gershwin,” which provides the foundation for the Pittsfield concert. In reviewing this album, Kevin Whitehead of NPR said, “Rosenthal gets Gershwin’s sensibility (with) a classical pianist’s reverence for the material and a jazz musician’s way of running off of it.” As for the band, Whitehead adds, “these players really make the Rhapsody their own and make it modern again.” The positive reviews propelled the CD to the position of #1 in jazz album sales at iTunes and Amazon.
His trio includes Martin Wind, bass, and Tim Horner, drums.
The performance is made possible in part by a grant from the Berkshire Bank Foundation. Tickets for are $25 in advance, $30 at the door, and are currently available online at www.BerkshiresJazz.org and at the Berkshire Museum, 39 South St., Pittsfield.