Charlie Parker's Yardbird - Post-Opera Set

March 24 - 26, 2017 at 7:30PM and 2:00PM, Harris Theater

Don’t miss the much-anticipated Chicago premiere of Charlie Parker’s Yardbird , composed by Daniel Schyder. This chamber opera explores the life of the legendary saxophonist, Charlie Parker, as his spirit returns to the famous Birdland jazz club to compose one final masterpiece. The experience will be made complete with a post-show performance of Charlie Parker’s music by members of Chicago Jazz Philharmonic.


Chicago Sun Times (March 25, 2017)
“Following Friday’s performance nearly the entire audience stayed for a half hour tribute to Parker’s music courtesy of Orbert Davis’ Chicago Jazz Philharmonic. ...a playful spoken-word piece featuring a slew of titles from Parker ‘s many recordings (wonderfully performed by Angela Brown); and a terrific series of numbers in the Parker mode, played by a five-piece band…”-Hedy Weiss

Chicago Concert Reviews  (March 24, 2017)
“Those [...] thankfully treated to such notable works as “April In Paris,” “Hot House” and “A Night In Tunisia” (amongst others) from the exquisite Chicago Jazz Philharmonic. This mini concert affords the Windy City an extra chance to be blown away by what once came out of Parker’s primary instrument [...].”-Andy Argyrakis

DownBeat News (April 10, 2017)
“[...] a post-performance by members of the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic featuring young Chicago alto saxophonist Rajiv Halim Orozco on music Charlie Parker actually played—[...]—was more sophisticated, collaborative, enlightening and enjoyable than the contrived chamber opera that preceded it.”-Howard Mandel