Portsmouth Music and Art Center’s Executive Director and Co-Founder, Russ Grazier, Jr., will be performing in concert on February 25 at 3 PM at PMAC’s Haas Family Gallery and Recital Hall. The afternoon is called “Music and Nostalgia” featuring the world premiere of David Amram’s “Greenwich Village Portraits” for saxophone and strings with Grazier on saxophone and Ismael Sandoval conducting. Grazier will be joined by members of the PMAC string faculty and some additional special guests.
The commission of this work was made collaboratively by 31 saxophonists, including Grazier, as a part of the Worldwide Concurrent Premieres project. David Amram, now 87 years young, has collaborated with Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton, Willie Nelson, Langston Hughes, and Jack Kerouac, among many others. As an American classical composer, Amram is heavily influenced by jazz and blues. His mentors included Charlie Parker, Aaron Copland, Gunther Schuller, and Miles Davis, and today he is mentor to several generations of musicians and artists.
“Greenwich Village Portraits” musically chronicles Amram’s collaborations and friendships with writers Arthur Miller and Frank McCourt, and the blues singer Odetta. Each movement of the work is named after a different street in New York City’s Greenwich Village. While the piece was originally composed in 2014 for saxophone and piano, the February 25th performance will be the world premiere of the version for saxophone and strings.
Grazier will begin the concert with a short conversation about music and nostalgia and discuss the music before performing the premiere. Light refreshments will be served. Advanced purchase of tickets is encouraged as seating is limited. General admission tickets are $25, Youth Students and Seniors are $15 and can be purchased at http://www.pmaconline.org/concerts.html