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Classically Jazzed on Summer Patio Series at Fair Park

with Bach Suites and Two Feet Beats

Classically Jazzed
w Bach Suites Two Feet Beats

Bach and Vivaldi violin concertos played with a jazz combo plus songs based on classical favorites like Für Elise and others! Features Mark Landson (violin) and Damon Clark (vocals) with some of the top jazz players in DFW.


Past Events

Wed

Jun

24

2015

Exposition Plaza at Fair Park  (info)
7:00pm @ Fair Park Exposition Plaza
FREE

3939 Esplanade Pl., DallasTX75226 | 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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