Jeffrey Jones

Jeffrey Jones

Kids are Free!

Subscription Concert

November 23, 2013 at 8 p.m. (Pre-concert lecture at 7 p.m.)

Cañada College Main Theatre
4200 Farm Hill Blvd, Redwood City

  • Rimsky-Korsakov: Dance of the Tumblers
  • Scott: Powerhouse
  • Holst: The Planets
  • Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 23
      with Jeffrey Jones, piano 

A couple of quick crowd-pleasers, one of Mozart’s greatest concertos and one of the most popular and difficult works for giant orchestra in the repertoire!

Think you’ve never heard Raymond Scott’s music? Think again. His wonderfully quirky and original jazz band music was sold to Warner Brothers in the 1930s, where it was discovered by Carl Stalling, who in turn adapted Powerhouse for use in many of his scores for the classic Looney Tunes and Merry Melodies shorts. This instantly recognizable score will shock you with childhood recognition!

For Mozart, A major was a very special key, endowed with a unique, warmly radiant kind of emotion, as evidenced in his Clarinet Concerto and in the work on this program. We welcome back pianist Jeffrey Jones to play this enchanting piece.

Gustav Holst’s The Planets, taken on its own, is an incredibly effective and brilliant showpiece for an augmented orchestra that includes rarities like the alto flute, organ and a wordless women’s choir. Add to that the mysteries and mysticism surrounding astronomy, astrology and Greek/Roman mythology and you have a work that has captivated imaginations for nearly a century. Each of the seven movements reflects a planet in our solar system and evokes that planet’s astrological or mythological significance. Earth isn’t included, and Pluto hadn’t been discovered yet (but then it's been voted out of the club any way). Mars, The Bringer of War, is a terrifying march in 5/4 time, one that ends in utter annihilation. Uranus the Magician is a kind of Sorcerer’s Apprentice on steroids with two timpanists battling it out. Like all of our concerts, this one is a great introduction to music for children ages about 10 and up.

Note: Instead of a wordless women’s choir, we will be using a few solo singers augmented by synthesizer.

$25 adult ($30 at door) $10 student
Redwood Advantage: 17 and under admitted free!

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