"Cécile McLorin Salvant has an effective elevator pitch for Ogresse, her wickedly delicious song cycle about a human-eating monster in the woods. The story, she says, goes like this: “She falls in love! She eats the guy! She dies!”"—Richard Scheinin, SFJAZZ
Three-time Grammy winner and beloved jazz vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant makes her return to Bing Concert Hall with Ogresse, an original work arranged and conducted by jazz luminary Darcy James Argue. Ogresse couples Salvant’s eclectic choices—from hip-hop to Cuban to baroque idioms—with her exquisite vocal gifts for a one-of-a-kind audience experience. A 13-piece chamber orchestra conducted by Argue accompanies Salvant on this stirring, can't-miss journey of myth and song. The Wall Street Journal calls Ogresse “a stunningly original epic that draws on myriad musical genres.” JazzTimes calls it “a daring and genre-defying departure” for Salvant—a “grand synthesis” of her interests in musical theater.
Touching on social themes such as the status of women and race relations today, the work is part of Renée Fleming’s VOICES series, co-commissioned by the Metropolitan Museum, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, and Kennedy Center.
Generously supported by the Koret Jazz Project.