PITTSFIELD — Berkshires Jazz is bringing the Ted Rosenthal Trio back to Pittsfield 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Berkshire Museum with a program that demonstrates the influence of classical music on the modern music scene.
Called "Jazz Meets the Classics," jazz pianist Rosenthal's program includes selections he will play with the Elayne P. Bernstein Octet, the advanced strings ensemble from Kids 4 Harmony.
The concert will be preceded at 6:30 by an optional beverage service and wine tasting. Attendees are invited to meet the musicians after the concert.
Rosenthal has performed worldwide, both as a leader and as a sideman with, among other iconic jazz figures, 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.
In addition to Rosenthal on piano, the trio includes 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.
According to Berkshires Jazz president Edward Bride, the concert is dedicated to the memory of Leslie J. Warren, a trustee of the Feigenbaum Foundation who passed away last year.
Complete ticket information is available online at BerkshiresJazz.org, or at the Berkshire Museum, 39 South St., 443-7171.