Tuesday, 07 February 2012 by Keith Bahlmann
TEMPLE – Classical music and even jazz selections are on the program for the Temple Symphony Orchestra Pops concert at 7:30 p.m. on Friday in the Mary Alice Marshall Performing Arts Center on the Temple College campus.
The concert, designed for those with a wide variety of musical tastes, is sure to please everyone," said Tom Fairlie, TSO conductor and musical director.
Featured soloist will be Christian Howes, jazz violinist who has electrified the international jazz scene with his ability to fuse traditional classical styles with creative uses of jazz.
Howes received the top spot in last year's Downbeat magazine's Critics Poll (Rising Star Violin).
He was also nominated for "Violinist of the Year" by the Jazz Journalists Association in 2011.
The Minneapolis Tribune called him "arguably the most intriguing young violinist in jazz," while the Chicago Reader said, "Not since Jean-Luc Ponty has a violinist ranged from pure classical to fuzz tone rock to convincing jazz with such authority."
A classically trained violinist with a doctorate in music, Howes formerly served on the faculty of Berklee College of Music in Boston, Mass.
Howes continues to teach in addition to his busy performing schedule.
He takes students one-on-one and through email and Skype.
The concert opens with "Grand Canyon Suite," Ferde Grofe's elegant musical essay on the nation's remarkable natural wonder.
Howes then commands the stage. The audience will warm up with an upbeat "Winter" from Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons," arranged by Temple College music professor Benjamin Irom.
Also on the program will be Howes performing classical selections "Caprice" by Niccolo Paganini; "Cascade" by Bert Ligon; and Prelude from Cello Suite No. 1 in G major by J.S. Bach. Moving on to jazzier fare, Howes and the orchestra will present "Daydream" by Billy Strayhorn and Duke Ellington; "I Got Rhythm" and "Summertime" by George Gershwin; and James Anderson's arrangement of "Spain" by Chick Corea.
Because of the construction going on at the Temple College campus parking accommodations are changed.
The new north lot between 1st and 5th Streets is now open.
Park in the lot and take the short walk over the new bridge and follow signs marked "PAC" (Performing Arts Center).
The South parking lot is also available.
Tickets are available from Vons Music, the Temple College Music Department, by calling (254) 778-NOTE or visit www.templesymphony.org.