WASHINGTON, IL -- The Heartland Festival Orchestra's March 19 concert presented an unusual mix of classical and jazz, with the spice of youth.
The highlight of the event, at Five Points, Washington, was the Claude Boling Suite for Chamber Orchestra and Jazz Piano Trio, which featured the Seigfried Trio of Chicago.
This smooth jazz-classical fusion piece skillfully blends classical and jazz, for an unusual but brilliant combination. It was beautifully played by the orchestra and trio, and generated a standing ovation and an encore, a jazz piece.
The concert also blended the Central Illinois Youth Symphony with the orchestra for two pieces, the Mozart Serenata Naturna Divertimento in D Major and Leonard Bernstein's exciting West Side Story Overture.
The musicians from the two groups filled the stage and produced a great, full sound, as they performed flawlessly.
It was an unusual and lovely concert. Clever, creative, amazing.
-- Elaine Hopkins