“A Dream Concert”: Rex and Friends at the RSO

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February 8, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.
Richmond CenterStage: Carpenter Theatre

VCU alumni and professors are gearing up for an exciting night of jazz at Richmond CenterStage in February. The performance, headed by VCU Music associate professor and world-renowned trumpeter Rex Richardson, will pay homage to the likes of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn.

“The most exciting thing about this engagement for me is that I think it represents the culmination of all of my creative work since I arrived in Richmond over eleven years ago,” Richardson said. Special guests including in-demand alumni saxophonist Steve Wilson and drummer Nate Smith as well as distinguished Richmond Symphony member and VCU professor pianist Russell Wilson. Bassist Peter Spaar will round out the group.

The program will include both classical and jazz music. The first half of the concert will feature James Stephenson’s “Rextreme,” a trumpet concerto written for Richardson that is sure to please jazz and symphony lovers alike with its mix of cadenzas and improvised jazz solos. The second half of the concert will feature the music of VCU professor Doug Richards, one of Richardson’s “most important and cherished collaborators.”

Click above to watch Rex and Richmond Symphony’s Music Director Steven Smith chat about the upcoming program.

-Elise Ridley