I hope you can attend the big performance on Sunday, April 21, 2013 by the Ypsilanti Symphony Orchestra of my friend and fellow musician, Paul Keller's composition of "MAGNUM OPUS: The Ypsilanti Orchestral Jazz Suite."
This special event will be held at 3:30 PM at the magnificent Pease Auditorium on the campus of Eastern Michigan University.
The Ypsilanti Orchestral Jazz Suite is an extended symphonic tone poem and musical tribute to our fair city:
Movement #1 - Woodruff's Grove (a dedication to Ypsilanti's birth in 1823)
Movement #2 - Ypsilanti Underground (dedicated to the Ypsilanti stop on the Underground Railroad)
Movement #3 - The Real McCoy (dedicated to Ypsilanti inventor Elijah McCoy[masked])
Movement #4 - The Great Migration (dedicated to those who migrated north from Kentucky to work in the Willow Run B-24 factory and who helped save the world during WWII)
Movement #5 - Downtown To Depot Town (a salute to Ypsilanti's past and bright future)
Maestro Adam Riccinto - who leads the wonderful YSO with great skill and passion - has put his heart and soul into this project - for which I am most grateful.
The Ypsilanti Orchestral Jazz Suite features these great jazzmen with close ties to Ypsilanti, whom you know and love: trumpeter Rayse Biggs, saxophonist Ben Jansson, pianist Tad Weed, drummer Sean Dobbins and Mr. Paul Keller himself on string bass.
This concert is a multi-media event which will include historical photos and film of Ypsilanti's storied past, which will be projected onto a large video screen behind the orchestra.
Five special guest narrators will introduce and explain each of the five movements of the Ypsilanti Orchestral Jazz Suite, giving the music a deeper, clearer and more profound meaning.
The guest narrators are:
The Honorable Paul Scheiber - Mayor of Ypsilanti
Pat Tamblin - Ypsilanti office of Bank of Ann Arbor
Dr. Diane Winder - Head of the Department of Music and Dance at Eastern Michigan University
Dr. Maggie Brandt - St. Joseph Mercy Hospital
Andre Dowell - The Sphinx Organization (artistic partner with the YSO)
Here's a link to the YSO's website where you can reserve tickets:http://www.ypsilantisymphony.org/index.html