Rockford Coronado Concert Association hosts second performance of the season

Staff Report

The Rockford Coronado Concert Association (RCCA) will host a Benny Goodman Tribute with British clarinet sensation Julian Bliss on Friday, November 20 at 7:30 p.m. at the Coronado Performing Arts Center (CPAC). The concert is the second in RCCA’s 2015-16 performance schedule of five concerts.

The Julian Bliss Septet, comprising some of Britain’s top jazz musicians, honors the legendary Goodman’s influence in a program featuring some of the greatest tunes of the swing era. Recreating the exciting sound of swing from the ’30s and ’40s, this septet stays true to the authentic feel but with a modern twist. Julian and pianist Neal Thornton talk to the audience through the music, sharing anecdotes and stories about Goodman’s life, delivered with humor, creating a special evening to remember.

Julian Bliss not only excels as a concerto soloist, chamber musician, jazz artist, masterclass leader, he is also a tireless musical explorer. He has inspired a generation of young players, as guest lecturer and creator of the Leblanc Bliss range of affordable clarinets, and introduced a large new audience to his instrument. The breadth and depth of Bliss’s artistry are reflected in the diversity and distinction of his work. He has appeared with many of the world’s leading orchestras, including the London Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, and performed chamber music with Joshua Bell, Helene Grimaud, Steven Isserlis, Steven Kovacevich and other great interpreters.

Tickets range from $25-$35 and can be purchased online at coronadopac.org or by phone (815) 968-0595. A subscription to the entire performance series starts at $100 and can be purchased by phone (815) 489-8226. Special student and group ticket prices available by phone.

For more information about the performance, go to rccaconcerts.org or contact Beth Howard at bhoward@coronadopac.org at the Rockford Coronado Concert Association (815) 847-6314.

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