The Yale School of Music presents Celebrating the King of Swing: A Festival for Benny Goodman’s 100th Birthday. This series of concerts and other events explores Goodman’s enduring contributions to music, both classical and jazz.
On Tuesday, September 22 at 8 pm in Sprague Hall, YSM presents The Classical Legacy of Benny Goodman, a concert of music commissioned and/or premiered by the legendary clarinetist. While many people are aware that Benny Goodman made forays into classical music, they may not realize that he was in fact a major player. Goodman is known predominantly as a jazz musician and bandleader who helped usher in the Swing Era of the 1930s and ’40s, but he was deeply involved in commissioning, performing, and recording a sizeable body of classical works—many of which have become standards of the repertoire—by some of the 20th century’s greatest composers. The program will feature several of these works, including Bartók’s Contrasts, Poulenc’s Clarinet Sonata, Alan Shulman’s Rendezvous, Morton Gould’s Benny’s Gig and Recovery Music, and Copland’s Clarinet Concerto. The program will be repeated at Zankel Hall in Carnegie Hall on Saturday, Sep. 26 as part of the Yale in New York series. MORE