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Imagine Orchestra • Bill Banfield • Ensemble-in-Residence

Saturday, April 1 2023   |   8:00 pm

Free – $20.00
While this event is open to the public, you must pre-register in order to gain access in person. No walk-ups will be allowed at Longy for performances.

 

Imagine Orchestra, Ensemble-in-Residence

Celebrated composer, guitarist, and recording artist Dr. Bill Banfield is Senior Scholar in Residence at Longy!

The Imagine Orchestra—joined by Longy students for this specially curated concert—is a chamber jazz ensemble featuring some of Boston’s brightest musical talents with an approach to composing and performing where the music is both fully orchestrated and improvised.

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Dr. Bill Banfield has written works that have been commissioned by several leading orchestras, recorded by prominent labels, and performed by the likes of Bobby McFerrin, Nnenna Freelon, and many others.

Bill Banfield’s remarkable career of arts leadership, scholarship, and musical innovation spans a wide array of roles—from Founding Director of the Center for Africana Studies at Berklee College of Music, to Research Associate for the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage—and from national public radio show host with the Tavis Smiley Show to three-time Pulitzer Prize judge in American music. He is also an award-winning composer and conducts with acclaimed eclectic chamber ensemble Imagine Orchestra. As an author, he has penned six books on the intersection of music, cultural criticism and Blackness. “Bill Banfield is one of the most original voices on the scene today…His musings help us make sense of…change across generations, from jazz to hip-hop, the Harlem Renaissance to Cuba. They remind us that we each play a part, as makers, producers, listeners, or consumers, in the symphony of expression marking the beats of our journey here on earth.”—Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

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Details

Date:
Saturday, April 1 2023
Time:
8:00 pm
Cost:
Free – $20.00
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Venue

Edward M. Pickman Concert Hall
Longy School of Music, 27 Garden Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
Thanks to our partnership with the Massachusetts Cultural Council and their “Card to Culture” program, Longy School of Music of Bard College can offer free tickets to many of our diverse and innovative performance offerings. See the full list of participating “Card to Culture” organizations offering EBT, WIC, and ConnectorCare discounts.