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Bach to the Future... Again

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The University City Symphony Orchestra, the Silverman Family, and Autumn Hill Records proudly present...


Sunday, March 8, 2020
560 Music Center
560 Trinity Avenue
University City, MO 63130
Abundant and free covered parking, adjacent to building

Attendance Free

Pre-concert conductor's talk with Maestro Burke
2:15 PM

3:00 PM

On Eagle Mountain, Todd Mosby

Moon Song (Orchestral Premiere), Todd Mosby

An American in Paris, George Gershwin
- Ptah Williams, piano

Flight of the Bumblebee, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Hungarian Rhapsody, Franz Liszt
Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring, Johann Sebastian Bach
Invention 13
- Bach to the Future
- Michael Silverman, keyboards; Rob Silverman, percussion; Matt Bollinger, bass guitar; Dave Black, guitar; and featuring Tracy Silverman, violin

THE SINGLE MOST STREAMED solo pianist in the world is Michael Silverman. This University City High School graduate also holds fourteen #1 albums to his credit. His compositions are found in the soundtracks of hundreds of Hollywood motion pictures and television shows. Silverman leads Bach to the Future, the internationally renowned ensemble famous for its irresistible fusion of classical and jazz formats, and beloved for delighting audiences with sparkling, whimsical infusions of Latin and African rhythms.

ACCLAIMED BY CRITICS as a groundbreaking artist, Nashville's Tracy Silverman not only has appeared on "CBS Sunday Morning" and "A Prairie Home Companion", but also has been hailed by the BBC as "The world's greatest proponent of the electric violin." Tracy brings his charismatic artistry back to our stage in a most welcome reunion with Bach to the Future.

TO OUR GREAT FORTUNE, Indiana native Dave Black chose to make Saint Louis his home almost forty years ago. In that time Black repeatedly was chosen "Best Guitarist" in the Riverfront Times poll. Notwithstanding the common agreement among many professionals that Black is the most versatile of performers, there is nothing close to pedestrian to be found in any of his work. While he is, indeed, fluent and articulate in a variety of genre, it is the ever-fresh and often breathtaking beauty of his performances which get the credit for expanding his substantial cadre of dedicated followers.

THE MANY ACCOLADES bestowed upon Ptah Williams, nationwide, for his routinely electrifying performances, will never match the measure of pride taken by the fortunate fans who adore him in his hometown of Saint Louis, Missouri. Last season, Maestro Leon Burke boldly structured Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" to allow Williams periods of unrestricted improvisation. The audience' rapturous response was the pure testament to William's mastery of an enormous musical pallet, so readily available to be played with all of the relentless authority for which he is famous. As a happy result of their satisfying collaboration, Burke and Williams have been moved to dare even bigger. For this concert they break further boundaries by returning to Gershwin in "An American in Paris" wherein Burke has found new spaces for William's prodigious muse to prosper.

AS A COMPOSER, Saint Louis native Todd Mosby has created nothing less than his own musical genre. He has unified elements of European classical composition with classical North Indian, traditional American jazz, and folk music - so successfully, in fact, that his works have won three Global Music awards and his albums have been Grammy balloted twice in four years. For more than a decade, Mosby studied classical North Indian music intensively under the master, guru-ji Usted Imrat Khan, of blessed memory. Khan was leader of the Imdad Khani Gharana royal family of Indian music, which originated more than 500 years ago. Subsequently, Mosby was admitted into the royal family becoming the only American guitarist ever to achieve the honor. Mosby's music is played on terrestrial and internet stations, worldwide.

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