Aardvark Jazz Orchestra 40th Annual Christmas Concert

Dec 15, 2012 08:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Hailed for “spirited composition and inspired playing” (Jazz Alchemist, Poland), the Aardvark Jazz Orchestra, one of the longest running large jazz ensembles in North America, will present its 40th Annual Christmas Concert on Saturday, December 15, 2012 at 8:00 pm at Emmanuel Church, 15 Newbury Street, Boston. Admission: $15 at the door. Information: 617-776-8778.

The concert will feature the world premieres of two pieces by Aardvark founder/director Mark Harvey: Fanfare for 40 and Children's Carol, along with music from the very first Aardvark Christmas concert in 1973: the Advent hymn Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence and Duke Pearson's Cristo Redentor (both arrangements by Harvey). In honor of the 40-year mark, the band will play selections from all four decades of the Aardvark holiday tradition, including Harvey's Benedictus (performed at every Aardvark Christmas since 1982), Sugar Rum Cherry from the Ellington-Strayhorn Nutcracker Suite, and jazz updates of favorite carols like Silent Night. Aardvark has been praised for “a stunning hour of music that is, in turn, beautiful, poignant and raucous” (Billboard.com) and “a saxophonic blend worthy of Duke Ellington's finest reed sections” (JazzTimes). Proceeds will benefit Emmanuel Church and Community Works, a coalition of Boston-area service groups. Aardvark is managed by Americas Musicworks.

Emmanuel Church, 15 Newbury Street

Boston MA 02116


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