Past Shows

Nov 30 - Dec 1, 2012
The Big Band Show

The Big Band Show is a rare chance to experience the power and beauty of a full 26-piece big band in an extraordinary range of music written for the genre. Art of Time regulars John Johnson, Rob Piltch, Andrew Downing and Davide di Renzo, are joined by jazz giants Mike Murley, Al Kay, Kevin Turcotte, John MacLeod and a who's who of Canadian jazz artists to perform Duke Ellington's 1960 Nutcracker Suite. Virtuoso classical clarinetist James Campbell is featured in Stravinsky's Ebony Concerto, commissioned by the American bandleader Woody Herman in 1945. Rounding out the slate is Shostakovich's Jazz Suite No. 1, representing American big band jazz as filtered through the creative mind of one of the greatest classical composers of the 20th century. 

Program & Repertoire

Dmitri Shostakovich

Suite for Jazz Orchestra, No. 1

i. Waltz

ii. Polka

iii. Foxtrot

Igor Stravinsky

Ebony Concerto

i. Allegro Moderato

ii. Andante

iii. Moderato; Con Moto


Duke Ellington, adapted from Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

The Nutcracker Suite

i. Overture

ii. Toot Toot Tootie Toot (Dance of the Reed Pipes)

iii. Peanut Brittle Brigade (March)

iv. Sugar Rum Cherry (Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy)

v. Entr'Acte

vi. Volga Vouty (Russian Dance)

vii. Chinoiserie (Chinese Dance)

viii. Dance of the Floreadores (Waltz of the Flowers)

ix. Arabesque Cookie (Arabian Dance)


Andrew Burashko, conductor

Andy Ballantyne, alto sax & clarinet

Benjamin Bowman, violin

James Campbell, clarinet

Davide Di Renzo, drums

Andrew Downing, bass

Erica Goodman, harp

Phil Gray, trombone

John Johnson, alto & soprano sax, clarinet & flute

Al Kay, trombone

Alex Kundakcioglu, trumpet

Peter Lutek, clarinet, alto & tenor saxophone

John MacLeod, trumpet

Mike Murley, tenor sax & clarinet

David Occhipinti, banjo & guitar

Brian O'Kane, trumpet

Christian Overton, trombone

Ben Promane, trumpet

Terry Promane, trombone

Don Rooke, steel guitar

Ryan Scott, percussion

Tom Szczesniak, piano

Kevin Turcotte, trumpet

Perry White, baritone sax & bass clarinet

Scott Weevers, french horn

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