David Commanday, Artistic Director of the Heartland Festival Orchestra, is with us again to talk about the HFO's next concert. "Jazz in Spring" features Mendelssohn's "Midsummer Night's Dream Overture" and Aaron Copland's "Appalachian Spring." The second half of the program includes two different interpretations of the music to "Peer Gynt:" Edvard Grieg's original compositions, and Duke Ellington's jazz interpretations of those same melodies.
In this concert, the HFO is joined by young musicians from Youth Music Illinois, including the debut performance of YMI's Big Jazz ensemble.
The Heartland Festival Orchestra presents "Jazz in Spring" Saturday night at 7:30 at Five Points Washington.