Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Day 214 Chris Botti Jazzed it up with the Pittsburgh Symphony POPS
Chris Botti is a trumpeter who fuses jazz and pop and entertains by drawing the audience in with his crisp sound and his personality; not to mention that he was named one of "People" magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People of 2004! It was a romantic evening in February 2015 when I last saw Chris Botti with the POPS (see Day 104). In 2015, he played several ballads from his CD, “When I Fall in Love” and it was a romantic “dreamy” night. I was excited for a repeat experience.
With Pittsburgh Symphony POPS you can experience various artists with the fusion and augmentation of the symphony (see 2016-17 season). The smooth sound of Botti’s trumpet and the full sound of the orchestra is a powerful combination. In Emmanuel you get a breath taking duet of Botti’s trumpet and Lucia Micarelli’s violin, combined with the symphony (listen here).
He always tours with a fantastic group of musicians and guest vocalists (who in their own right could have a solo show with the POPS). The audience was brought to their feet when vocalist Sy Smith sang “Look of Love” which had a crescendo jazz scat with Botti’s trumpet. The audience was up again when Lucia Micarelli “rocked it out” on her violin with Botti’s band and the symphony (listen here). The beauty of Botti’s skillful sound was displayed in his rendition of Hallelujah with its stand alone trumpet and guitar performance.
Chris Botti is a POPS favorite and he sure is worth a view anytime that he is in town or on tour. I overheard the gentlemen next to me say, “boy that guy sure puts on a show and knows how to work the crowd"!
(There are three more POPS shows in the 2016-17 season: Neil Sadaka, Ella and Louis: All That Jazz and the Music of John Williams and an interesting line up for the 2017-2018 season. )
(SY Smith) Look of Love in Pgh 2017 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p8I6P02iZQA
Lucia Micarelli Violin https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FgnSEc_WVrg
POPS 2016-17 season https://pittsburghsymphony.org/pso_home/web/subscribe-pops-16-17
POPS 2017-2018 season https://pittsburghsymphony.org/pso_home/web/subscribe-pops-17-18
Posted by Cindy Marie