For San Jose Youth Symphony, pictures at a jazz exposition

Posted on: June 6, 2016

“The stories told in paintings are musically expressed in Mussorgsky’s ‘Pictures at an Exhibition,’ and now the suite has been splashed with the colors of jazz,” writes Leeta-Rose Ballester in Wednesday’s (6/1) Mercury News (California). “The San Jose Youth Symphony Philharmonic Orchestra performs composer and musician Yaron Gottfried’s jazz-and-orchestra reboot of the Russian piano classic on June 10 at the California Theatre.… Though the world premiere of the 12-movement suite was in 2011, this is the first time a youth orchestra will undertake it.… ‘The idea of bringing the original work by Mussorgsky mixed and reinvented with jazz percolated in my mind for few years,’ [Gottfried] said.… Yair Samet, music director and conductor of San Jose Youth Symphony Philharmonic Orchestra, said younger musicians are often more open to trying innovative things. ‘When you’re with kids, it brings a freshness of ideas,’ he said. ‘There’s always an electricity.’ Samet will lead the 112-piece youth orchestra in performing the suite with [a] jazz trio, as well as” works by Sviridov, Gavrilin, and Shostakovich. “San Jose Youth Symphony was founded in 1951 as part of the former San Jose Symphony; in 2001 it reformed as an independent, nonprofit organization.”

Posted June 6, 2016