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Jazz meets classical in the City and Sierra

Makoto Ozone
Makoto Ozone
Makoto Ozone

Jazz and classical are twains that do occasionally meet. Indeed, two examples are in the offing this summer
By far the more prestigious event is the San Francisco Symphony’s July 5 performance. The orchestra will enliven Independence Day weekend with “A Jazzy Night: ‘Rhapsody in Blue,’ ‘Bolero’ and More.”
The evening’s program will offer audiences “the fusion of jazz and the symphony orchestra … (a) spectacular concert of popular hits by Bernstein, Gershwin, and Ravel.” Edwin Outwater conducts the ensemble, which will be joined by the Japanese jazz pianist Makoto Ozone for the Gershwin gem and jazzy take on the Ravel standard.
“Bernstein’s sizzling Symphonic Dances from ‘West Side Story’ complete the musical fireworks for a concert that brings the sparkle of the Golden Era and the bluesy swing of Jazz to Davies Symphony Hall.” Sounds like a winner.
The second classical-jazz blending goes down up at the Bear Valley Music Festival. The festival itself is a two-week event set high in the Sierra at Bear Valley, elevation 7,000 feet. Once solely a classical bash, the festival now features a wide variety of genres.
On August 1, Bay Area pianist Taylor Eigsti makes the trek up the mountain to perform new works with the festival orchestra conducted by Michael Morgan.

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