MCO’s final show of the season is this Sunday

May 15, 2019
Courtesy of: Mukilteo Community Orchestra Brent Jensen

Jazz enthusiasts in the area won’t want to miss the Mukilteo Community Orchestra’s upcoming concert.

The orchestra’s final concert of the season is Sunday, May 19, and is “Love that Jazz – A Tribute to the Great American Song Book.”

The free concert is at 2 p.m. at the Rosehill Community Center in Mukilteo.  Prior to the show, MCO conductor and artistic director Trevor Lutzenhiser, composer/arranger Rob Walker, and pianist Richard Glazier will lead a stage-side lecture and Q&A session at 1:20 p.m.

The first half of the concert will feature pianist Richard Glazier performing George Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F: I Allegro; II Adagio-Andante con moto; III Allegro agitato.

Glazier began his studies of the piano at age 6. At 12, Glazier was invited by composer Ira Gershwin to play a Gershwin tune on the piano that once belonged to his brother, composer George Gershwin.

Ultimately, Glazier dedicated himself to the Gershwin repertoire and the American Popular Songbook, becoming one of the genre’s leading authorities. Glazier earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in piano performance from Indiana University School of music and a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the Cleveland Institute of Music.

He received the Alumni Achievement Award from the Cleveland Institute of Music for his contribution to the American Popular Songbook.

Following intermission, the orchestra will perform six jazz standards, arranged by composer and performer Rob Walker. Walker has worked with artists such as Wayne Newton, Natalie Cole, Ray Charles, the Temptations, the Four Tops, the Supremes and the Moddy Blues. He is a prominent composer with major film, television and performing credits.

The concert pairs the Brent Jensen Jazz Quintet with the Mukilteo Community Orchestra in a performance that combines full orchestra instrumentation with the excitement and improvisation of a jazz quintet.

The Brent Jensen Jazz Quintet features Brent Jensen on alto saxophone, Jamie Findlay on guitar, Chris Symer on bass, Steve Tate on drums and Rob Walker on flugelhorn.

The six jazz pieces on the program that were arranged by Rob Walker include:

What Is This Thing Called Love, Cole Porter, 1929; I’ll Remember April, Gene de Paul, 1942;

I Can’t Get Started With You, Ira Gershwin and Vernon Duke, 1936; There Will Never Be Another You, Henry Warren, 1942; Wendy, Paul Desmond, 1975; and All The Things You Are, Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein, 1939.

“We are absolutely delighted to be able to perform each of these works,” said Lutzenhiser. “And we are so privileged to have Richard Glazier and the Brent Jensen Jazz Quintet join us on stage as we bring the Great American Songbook to life for our audience.”

More information about the concert can be found at



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