2021-22 Up Close and Personal with the PSO @Jimmy’s Series

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"Intimate Voices"

The PSO @ Jimmy’s Chamber Music Series comes to a rousing finale as PSO musicians come together in a larger chamber ensemble to sweep you away in a performance where classical and jazz meet and intertwine effortlessly. Copland’s invocation of jazz can be found in his heavy use of jazz-influenced rhythms in Appalachian Spring. Arnold Schoenberg is probably best known as the bad boy of early twentieth century classical music with his radical “serialist” approach, but tonight we discover his nostalgic side in two unique orchestrations of pieces by other composers. Debussy’s luxurious Prelude a l’apres-midi d’un faune was a watershed moment in classical music and its harmonic language feels closer to the world of jazz than classical music. In this arrangement its intimacy and clarity are perhaps even more daring than the original. Mahler’s Wayfarer Songs formed the basis of his explosive First Symphony, but unlike that huge work, here we find Mahler’s undistilled vision of a young man traveling heartbroken through the world. The addition of the human voice to our program in Schoenberg’s cabaret style orchestration seems even more appropriate in the ideal setting of Jimmy’s.

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This evening’s program will include:

Debussy arr. A. Schoenberg: Prelude a l’apres-midi d’un Faune

Mahler arr. Schoenberg: Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen

Copland: Appalachian Spring, Suite for 13 instruments

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