Violinist Stanley Chepaitis, chair of the string faculty at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, is fascinated by the similarities between Baroque music and jazz. “Both are based on the rhythmic language of dance beats. Both have evolved a texture that springs from counterpoint between an anchoring bass line and melody, with improvised harmony that glues the two together.”
Focusing on works by Bach and Telemann, Chepaitis has composed jazz pieces that reflect the spirit of the original in a new way, also allowing for the free improvisation that is essential to the jazz musician. Performing these pieces with him will be pianist Howard Spindler from the Eastman School of Music.
Tickets are free and available (up to four per person) in the Schwartz Center lobby beginning at 6:00 p.m. on the day of the performance.
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