Tonight, starting at 7:30 p.m. in Macky Auditorium on the University of Colorado at Boulder campus, the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra presents the world premiere of Luis Jorge González's "The Wonderful City" and continues with the Marcus Roberts Trio fusing improvisational jazz with Gershwin's Concerto in F.
It works like this: The orchestra plays a slightly altered original score, and the Trio improvises. But during times of Trio-only improvisation, how does the conductor know when to step back in? "I use a system of musical cues," says Roberts, "so when the conductor hears maybe a certain set of chords, he knows exactly where we are and brings the orchestra back on the precise beat. Of course, when the orchestra is playing, we're following the conductor otherwise there would be chaos."
Brahms's "Variations on a Theme by Joseph Haydn" and Hindemith's "Symphonic Metamorphoses" are also on the program. Tickets are $10 to $65 for adults, $5 for children and students. For more information, go to www.boulderphil.org.
Sat., Nov. 3, 7:30-9:30 p.m., 2007