Friday, April 21, 2017 ~ 7:30pm
Coral Springs Center for the Arts
2855 Coral Springs Drive
Coral Springs, FL 33065
Florida native Marcus Roberts is an accomplished composer who has received numerous commissioning awards, including ones from Jazz at Lincoln Center, Chamber Music America, and ASCAP among others. Most recently, he was commissioned by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the Savannah Music Festival to write his first piano concerto—Spirit of the Blues: Piano Concerto in C-Minor. The concerto was premiered with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Robert Spano in 2013. Roberts first performed as a soloist with symphony orchestra in 1992 with Maestra Marin Alsop. Since that time, he has performed with orchestras all over the world, but most frequently with his long-time friend and mentor, Maestro Seiji Ozawa. Roberts returned to Japan in September of 2014 to share the stage with Ozawa with the world-renowned Saito Kinen Festival Orchestra.
In 2014, Marcus Roberts was honored to have his life and work featured on a segment of the celebrated CBS News television show 60 Minutes. The show, entitled “The Virtuoso”, traced Roberts’ life to date from his early roots in Jacksonville and at the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind to his remarkable career as a modern jazz musician. Roberts is perhaps best known for the development of an entirely new approach to jazz trio performance.
Roberts joins Jason Marsalis on the drums and Rodney Jordan on bass in an exceptional night of Modern Jazz Music.
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