New Hazlett Theater

May 2
Doors open at 7 p.m.; concert at 8 p.m.

Fiat. Bumper car. Dirigible. Incline. All but the opening and closing movements of Concerto for Orkestra are named after modes of transportation. The idea? Music is a type of transportation.

Get ready to be transported. The world premiere of Concerto for Orkestra, an original symphony for jazz orchestra, marks the culmination of close to 30 years working in music for one local artist.

Composed by the celebrated Pittsburgh jazz musician and music educator Ben Opie, Concerto for Orkestra will be performed by Opie’s longtime ensemble OPEK and conducted by Nizan Leibovich, as part of a series of new music events taking place at the New Hazlett Theater.

Following in the traditions of jazz greats such as Duke Ellington and Charles Mingus, Opie applies his own musical vision to the rigorous process of creating an original full-length symphonic composition for jazz orchestra. The work marks Opie’s largest and most ambitious creative effort to date, and its completion was made possible with support from an Investing in Professional Artists: Creative Development Grant from The Pittsburgh Foundation. Purchase tickets.

Jennifer Baron

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator...