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Classically Jazzed

Plus: Mark Landson and Katelyn Harris’

“Bach Suites and Two Feet Beats”

Classically Jazzed plus Bach Suites and Two Feet Beats

Acclaimed project Classically Jazzed featuring Damon Clark, Mark Landson and others, plus Katelyn Harris and Mark Landson’s new project combining Bach Viola Suites and Tap Dancing.


Past Events

Sat

May

9

2015

Runway Theatre  (info)
8:00pm @ The Runway Theatre, Grapevine
$20

215 N Dooley St, Grapevine 76051 | map | web

Open Classical takes classical music favorites and reimagines them as virtuoso Jazz pieces. With a combo of the top classical and jazz musicians in DFW, the effect is a fusion of Bach and Gershwin, an eclectic and vibrant experience like no other!

Inspired by a little known recorded collaboration in the 1930’s by greats Eddie South, Stephane Grapelli and Django Reinhart, Bach and Vivaldi violin concertos are swung and played violinist/composer Mark Landson with a jazz combo. Then, great melodies from Beethoven’s Fur Elise and Mozart’s Symphony in G minor are used as the melodies for jazz songs, performed by the stunning artistry of Damon K Clark, voted as best jazz vocalist in the Dallas Observer Music Awards.

Reviews of the initial performances have been stellar. TheaterJones said “Mark Landson and his Open Classical group have done it again—they’ve made classical music both innovative and fun”, calling it a “delightful performance” with “consistently excellent musicians.” CraveDFW said “Always innovative, Open Classical just raised the bar.”

Opening the program is another unique and innovative collaboration. In “Bach Suites and Two Feet Beats”, Mark Landson is joined by tap dance artist Katelyn Harris, giving Bach’s famous Solo Suites for Viola an exciting twist by added driving counter rhythms of a virtuoso tap dancer.

See video of Landson and Harris performing Bach with Tap Dancing >>
 

Violin Concerto in A minor, Op.3 No.6
Composer: Antonio Vivaldi
Arranged by Mark Landson and Michael Nesuda
Violin Soloist: Mark Landson
1. Allegro
2. Largo
3. Presto

Rocketship to Mars
Based on: Für Elise by Ludwig van Beethoven
Lyrics by Mark Landson
Vocalist: Damon Clark

The Mirror
Based on: Symphony in G minor by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Lyrics by Mark Landson
Vocalist: Damon Clark

Beau Soir
Based on: Beau Soir by Claude Debussy
Lyrics by Paul Bourget
Vocalist: Damon Clark

Star
Based on: Intermezzo by Mascagni
Lyrics by Mark Landson
Vocalist: Damon Clark

Concerto for Two Violins in D minor
Composer: JS Bach
Arranged by Mark Landson and Michael Nesuda
Violin Soloists: Mark Landson
1. Allegro


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