[O'Farrill is] one of American’s keenest living jazz figures.
The Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra of Grammy-winning pianist Arturo O’Farrill reaches beyond his trumpeter father Chico O’Farrill’s Afro-Cuban jazz to embrace many Latin American music traditions. This Bing program features the Cornel West Concerto—a commission designed to feature the African-American scholar and activist Dr. Cornel West in full oratorical splendor. Inspired by Dr. West’s recent speeches at rallies in Seattle, Chicago, and New York, the piece invokes a litany of African-American icons that include Fredrick Douglass, W.E.B. DuBois, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Prince, Duke Ellington, Sarah Vaughan, and Sly Stone against swirling melodies, all while continuously pondering the question: “How shall integrity face oppression?”
PRESHOW TALK at 6:45 PM with Dr. Cornel West, Arturo O'Farrill, and Stanford University's Senior Vice Provost for Education, Vice President for the Arts Harry Elam.
Generously supported by the Koret Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts
Arturo O’Farrill: Cornel West Concerto (2016), featuring special guest Dr. Cornel West
Other compositions will be announced from the stage.