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Michael Arnowitt Returns with Jazz Quintet

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Pianist Michael Arnowitt returns to Montpelier to lead a jazz quintet in concert at 7 pm on Saturday, September 14, at the Unitarian Church. His program, “Where Jazz Meets Classical,” presents a colorful variety of jazz old and new as influenced by classical composers Chopin, Debussy, Stravinsky, Bernstein, and Copland.

Arnowitt will be joined on stage by some of his favorite Vermont jazz musicians: Dave Ellis, trumpet; Dan Silverman, trombone; Clyde Stats, bass; and Caleb Bronz, drums. Arnowitt, a longtime former Montpelier resident, has upcoming concerts at Toronto’s Al Green Theatre and will be touring China in 2020 with the guitarist Steve Blair. There, the duo will perform eight concerts in Beijing and other Chinese cities.

The Montpelier program includes Arnowitt’s versions of the jazz standard “On Green Dolphin Street,” Jobim’s classic Brazilian song “How Insensitive,” and Arnowitt’s take on the Beatles’ “Eleanor Rigby.” Two Vermont premieres will be featured, Arnowitt’s brand new “Interlude with Igor,” based on the music of Igor Stravinsky’s “Petrushka” and “The Rite of Spring,” and “Coplandscapes,” based on music from Aaron Copland’s “Appalachian Spring,” “Fanfare for the Common Man,” and “Billy the Kid.”

Rounding out the program are some selections from Arnowitt’s recent jazz double album “Sweet Spontaneous,” which was released on Parma Recordings Big Round record label, and excerpts from his “Jazz Suite from West Side Story,” where he transforms the musical ideas from Leonard Bernstein’s timeless Broadway show into the language of jazz.

Tickets for the concert are $20, available at the door only. For more information, e-mail MA@MAPiano.com or call (802) 229-0984.