06/08/13

Terence Blanchard to Premiere Opera in St. Louis June 15

Trumpeter will also perform two concerts with his quintet in city

Trumpeter Terence Blanchard will make a number of appearances in St. Louis next week. Blanchard will premiere his first opera composition, Champion, based on the life of boxer Emile Griffith, Blanchard and will perform two free park concerts with his quintet. The opera, a co-commission of Opera Theatre of Saint Louis and Jazz St. Louis has been in the works for several years.

Blanchard and his quintet will appear Wednesday, June 12, at the Missouri Botanical Garden and Thursday, June 13, in St. Louis Place Park, as part of the Whitaker Music Festival and Whitaker Urban Evening Series, respectively. Champion will then debut on Saturday, June 15, at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. Members of Blanchard’s group will also perform with the St. Louis Symphony as the orchestra for Champion.

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Terence Blanchard

According to a press release, “Blanchard has been active in St. Louis since the commission began. He opened Jazz St. Louis’s 2012-13 Jazz at the Bistro series in September 2012, worked with musicians and singers as he developed the opera, hosted adult outreach programs at Washington University and Christ Church Cathedral, and in February 2013, Blanchard participated in several youth outreach programs developed in conjunction with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Jazz St. Louis, and Street Dreamz.”

Quintet Performance Details

The Whitaker Music Festival presents Terence Blanchard Quintet
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
Missouri Botanical Garden 4344 Shaw Blvd. Presented by the Missouri Botanical Garden, admission is waived and the concert is free of charge. Attendees may bring picnic baskets and chairs. Food is available for purchase. Underwritten by the Whitaker Foundation with support from Opera Theatre of Saint Louis and Jazz St. Louis. For more information visit Missouri Botanical Garden.

The Whitaker Urban Evening Series presents Terence Blanchard Quintet
Thursday, June 13, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.
St. Louis Place Park 2120 St. Louis Avenue. Free event presented by Grace Hill. Attendees may bring picnic baskets and chairs. Food is available for purchase. Underwritten by the Whitaker Foundation with support from Opera Theatre of Saint Louis and Jazz St. Louis. For more information visit Whitaker Concert Series.

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