From Bach to Broadway—Some Video Links
Robert Horvath was scheduled to return tonight with a programme entitled “From Bach to Broadway.” While we can’t enjoy a live performance, here are some online videos exploring the theme, and featuring some of the performers who were to be in Thornbury this evening.
There are no videos available of Robert playing Bach, so here is Lang Lang playing from Book I of the Well-Tempered Clavier:
Google “Swinging Bach” and you’ll find a 2000 concert featuring Bobby McFerrin. Here is a short mix from that concert:
We somehow have to bridge the gap between Bach and Broadway, and who better to do that with than George Gershwin, whose compositions include Broadway hits and orchestral pieces with jazz and classical influences. Here is the beginning of Rhapsody in Blue from the 1945 film:
Much of what we now identify as “The Great American Songbook” began as songs for Broadway musicals. Here is Mary Catherine Pazzano, a fan favourite with Thornbury Jazzworks, singing Cole Porter’s “It’s De-Lovely” from the 1936 musical Red Hot and Blue:
Drew Jurecka, another fan favourite, was to be appearing tonight with Robert Horvath. They play together in the Payadora Tango Ensemble. While this next piece is neither “Bach” nor “Broadway” it does feature Drew and Robert playing together. Here is Niebla Oscura, written by Drew Jurecka and performed by Payadora:
Drew has been keeping busy during the pandemic; here is a highly entertaining video he made with his very talented family:
If you enjoyed the teaser from the Swinging Bach concert, you can access over two hours of it here:
Mary Catherine’s album is available on many of the music services like Deezer and Spotify, and more of her videos are available from her website here:
If you’d like to enjoy more tango music as our summer weather heats up, Payadora’s albums can be found on various music services, and more of their videos can be found on their website:
Thornbury Jazzworks hopes to bring live music to the community again soon.
If you are able, please consider donating to our Musicians’ Fund. Thornbury Jazzworks will match all donations, and distribute funds directly to the musicians whose concerts we have had to cancel. Please mail cheques to :
c/o Nancy Lekx
PO Box 727