Concert to feature Jazz artists, film music April 27
pianist and composer Steve Rudolph and saxophonist and composer Jonathan
Ragonese will join the Shippensburg
University-Community Orchestra to present a concert of music that draws on the American traditions of
jazz and film music.
The free concert
is at 3 p.m. April 27 in the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center.
orchestra will play pieces by Rudolph and Ragonese as well as one of John
Williams’ best scores, the theme from E.
T., Adventures on Earth. The orchestra will also perform the iconic Night on Bald Mountain, by Modest
Mussorgsky, known by many for its inclusion in the Walt Disney film Fantasia and the classic overture from
the opera, Russlan and Ludmilla, by Mikhail Glinka.
portion concert features Ragonese and Rudolph. Randolph, a Yamaha Keyboard Artist, has inspired audiences for more than
40 years as a professional musician, sharing the stage with many jazz masters. A
winner of the Jazziz Piano Competition, he was also awarded two Jazz
Composition Fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and recently
the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Stuart Malina
premiered his composition The Gift.
Ragonese first heard Rudolph play
when he was 13 years old he contacted Rudolph to announce that he was ready to
play with the veteran. Rudolph took him under his wing and the two played frequently
together. He recently received a masters degree from the Manhattan School of
Music where he studied with many jazz luminaries and has had his compositions
premiered by The Vermont Mozart Festival Orchestra, the Harrisburg Symphony,
the Solar Winds Quintet, and the Manhattan School of Music Jazz Orchestra.
Both will contribute to the concert as guest soloists
and composer/arrangers. The pieces they will perform were arranged by Ragonese
for this performance by the unity orchestra. Three of the pieces are
orchestrations of pieces that appear on “Ardent
Marigolds,” the recently released album that they recorded as a duo.
portion of the concert features pieces that represent the intersection of great
films and great music. Even though it was composed in 1867, Mussorgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain became forever
associated with film when it was used in Disney’s iconic film Fantasia, released in 1940
has had a long and celebrated career as a film composer of the highest rank.
His music from Spielberg’s hit movie E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is an example
of music that brings out the magic of film and becomes a musical classic in
it’s own right.