An afternoon of American music—songbook standards, Walker’s originals, and melodies made famous by Frank Sinatra.
A song— the profound marriage of music and words, a vessel for emotion, romance, grief, joy, praise, protest, and beauty—might be humankind’s greatest achievement. From the blues, to folk tunes, to Mahler’s song cycles, to the American Song Book, the tradition is rich beyond measure. Sinatra knew all this intrinsically. A concert like this, one celebrating his ideals, is really about the profundity and mystery of song. Standards like Our Love is Here to Stay and Lush Life are a continuance of the melodic and harmonic richness of classical art song plus the added richness of the blues. And Jeremy Walker’s original compositions draw that link plainly—jazz as an expansion of musical possibilities not limited by category. Tesfa Wondemagegnehu leads the evening’s program with fellow vocalist Clara Osowski and pianist, Jeremy Walker.
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