Toledo Symphony Presents An Evening with McFerrin and Mozart

Posted Jan 7th, 2009 by Julie Heigel  Category: Arts & Entertainment, Toledo.com


Ten-time Grammy Award winner Bobby McFerrin returns to Toledo to join the Toledo Symphony at the Toledo Museum of Art Peristyle Theater on Friday, January 16 and Saturday, January 17 at 8:00 p.m. He will conduct the orchestra in his two favorite Mozart Symphonies and will perform his remarkable vocal improvisations.

Bobby McFerrin is one of the world’s best-known vocal innovators and improvisers, a world-renowned classical conductor, the creator of one of the most popular songs of the late 20th century and a passionate spokesman for music education. His recordings have sold over 20 million copies, and his collaborations with Yo-Yo Ma, Chick Corea, the Vienna Philharmonic and Herbie Hancock have established him as an ambassador of both the classical and jazz worlds.

With a four-octave range and a vast array of vocal techniques, McFerrin is no mere singer, he is music’s last true Renaissance man, a vocal explorer who has combined jazz, folk and a multitude of world music influences – choral, a cappella and classical music – with his own ingredients. As a conductor, he is able to hear orchestrally, and with this gift has expanded his singing to include more imaginative territory then most; he might extend his vocal repertoire to sing trumpet-inspired parts in the jazz standard “Round Midnight” or to interpret the flute and cello parts in works by Fauré and Vivaldi, or to simply create entirely new worlds of sound.

“Unconventional” is a good way to describe the career of Bobby McFerrin. Those familiar with McFerrin’s shows, whether as a conductor or a vocalist, know that each one is a unique event that resonates with the unexpected. He is that rare artist who has the ability to reach beyond musical genres and stereotypes for a sound that is entirely his own. As one of the foremost guardians of music’s rich heritage, he remains at the vanguard with his natural, beautiful and timeless music that transcends all borders and embraces all cultures.

Mr. McFerrin will appear with the Toledo Symphony performing classics and his own unique vocal improvisation. Selections will include Mozart’s Symphony No. 29 and Mozart’s Symphony No. 40.

Tickets are $25 – $52 and are available by calling 419-246-8000, toll free 800-348-1253, online at www.toledosymphony.com.

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