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Written by Karina Kacala   
Published on Monday, 28 December 2015 10:30

 

LiveConnections Presents Jazz Chanteuse Joanna Pascale & Innovative Chamber Ensemble Curtis 20/21

An exploration of jazz’s influence on the classical form featuring a powerhouse jazz vocalist

 

EVENT DETAILS
WHAT: LiveConnections Presents Joanna Pascale & Curtis 20/21
WHEN: Friday, January 22 at 8:00 PM
VENUE: World Cafe Live - Philadelphia (3025 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA)
TICKETS: $15 general admission, $11 students with ID
URL: http://liveconnections.org/pascale-curtis

Joanna PascalePHILADELPHIA 12/28/2015 - LiveConnections continues to play musical matchmaker for the third concert of its 2015-2016 LiveConnections Presents concert series, bringing together musicians of diverse backgrounds who may not typically perform together. On Friday, January 22, jazz singer Joanna Pascale joins the new music ensemble of the internationally-renowned Curtis Institute of Music, Curtis 20/21, for an exciting concert of jazz-influenced classical music.

These distinguished artists will focus on the intersections of jazz and classical music starting in the 1920s, when classical composers discovered new avenues of experimentation and musical influences in the jazz realm. Pascale and Curtis 20/21 will perform the memorable songs of film composer Michel Legrand and seminal works by George Gershwin and Darius Milhaud. The program enters the twenty-first century with the world premiere of a new vocal work written for Pascale by the Curtis Institute of Music’s ArtistYear Fellow Gabriella Smith.

David Ludwig, acclaimed composer and director of Curtis 20/21, co-curated the program with LiveConnections Presents Curator Mary Javian. Javian says about the collaboration, "I jumped at the chance to co-curate a program with David that crosses genres while displaying the incredible artistry for which the Curtis Institute of Music is known. I have long been a fan of Joanna Pascale, one of the best interpreters of the Great American Songbook I have ever heard, and an artist who is always searching for new challenges. This is going to be a remarkable concert that jazz, classical and new music fans will equally enjoy."

As part of the relaxed nature of LiveConnections concerts, a dinner menu will be available and the bar open at World Cafe Live during the performance.

Joanna PascaleIn addition to the LiveConnections Presents concert series, the January 22 concert connects with LiveConnections ongoing educational and accessibility work. On January 21, Pascale, Smith and students from the Curtis Institute will present two interactive Bridge Sessions, LiveConnections’ signature educational programming, for more than 200 Philadelphia public school students. Students will learn about the history of jazz and get an inside look at the composition process through hands-on activities, while also hearing the music that will be performed at the public concert. LiveConnections Bridge Sessions offer a unique approach to music education that highlights collaboration across musical styles and cultural backgrounds and explores the ways adults and youth can communicate, share ideas and build connections.

The January 22 concert will also be streamed via LiveConnections’ video initiative, LiveStudio, to adults with physical & cognitive disabilities in partnership with Art-Reach, as well as to participating facilities serving  individuals who are unable to travel to the venue.

[Pascale Image: Whitney Thomas / Curtis Image: courtesy of the Curtis Institute of Music ]

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ABOUT LIVECONNECTIONS: LiveConnections inspires learning and builds community through collaborative music-making. Since its founding in 2008, LiveConnections has re-imagined the landscape of live music and music education through unique collaborations that join artists from different genres to highlight how music crosses cultures and creates bridges of understanding. Programs reach people who would not normally experience this kind of music—such as youth from urban schools and people with disabilities—as well as musically adventurous audiences.

LiveConnections has reached more than 24,000 participants—both youth from city schools and individuals with disabilities—through its interactive Bridge Sessions at partner venue World Cafe Live. The sessions connect participants with some of the best musicians across the region, allowing participants to explore diverse musical cultures and express their own creativity. Almost all of these participants are from the city of Philadelphia, and 99% participate for free. As arts education has been disappearing from city school budgets, and as people with disabilities face barriers to accessing the arts, LiveConnections helps fill the gap.

The LiveConnections Presents concert series (formerly ClassicAlive) features six concerts each year highlighting unique artistic collaborations and adventurous music. Called “breathtaking” by the Philadelphia Weekly, the performances give musicians the chance to create distinctive, boundary-crossing music, frequently sparking new commissions and world premieres. LiveConnections’ partner venue World Cafe Live provides a relaxed atmosphere for audiences to experience cutting-edge compositions.

In addition, through its LiveStudio video initiative for underserved audiences, concerts and select Bridge Sessions are streamed live to reach people who wouldn’t otherwise be able to travel to the venue.

LiveConnections Presents is supported in part by the Presser Foundation and the Kal & Lucille Rudman Foundation.

 

PLEASE NOTE: LiveConnections is a nonprofit organization in residence at venue World Cafe Live. All programs are created, presented and funded entirely by LiveConnections and should not be attributed to World Cafe Live.

 

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