A Collaboration Of Genius

June 2, 2007

"A Collaboration of Genius," featured an evening of new music composed and arranged by Orbert Davis including a classical concerto of four works from the 2006 Man Out of Time recording by noted ragtime pianist and Chicago native Reginald Robinson, adaptations of selections from Grammy-nominated vocalist Kurt Elling's Nightmoves, and other special works. The evening featured individual performances by Elling and Robinson with the orchestra as well as a student ensemble featuring 20 top high school jazz musicians as the opening program for the musical evening.


The Chicago Tribune (June 4, 2007)
“Each of its four movement sis based on a solo composition by Robinson, but Davis has transformed these works by adding fresh themes, lush orchestral textures and exquisite instrumental details...”-Howard Reich

WBEZ (June 1, 2007)
“But the talents behind the group have managed to create a sound that both highlights the similarities of the forms and allows their differences to complement one another.”-Richard Steele