Uri Caine, a pianist-composer best known for his jazz adaptations of classical music, was commissioned by the University of Mexico City to re-imagine the works of Mozart in celebration of the composer’s 250th birthday. The Uri Caine Ensemble Plays Mozart uses works from Mozart’s Symphonies 40 and 41, the Clarinet Quintet and the Sinfonia Concertante, among other pieces.
Caine is scheduled to debut his Mozart project on January 27th, 2007, at Merkin Hall in New York City, with a second performance at Mandel Hall in Chicago on January 30th. In New York, doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $35 at the door and $30 in advance, and may be purchased by visiting the Merkin website at www.kauffman-center.org. In Chicago, doors open at 7 p.m., and tickets are $15 at the door.