March 28, 2012

Berks Jazz Fest 2012: Rick Braun & Reading Pops Orchestra

Sunday evening, there was a special concert at the Miller Center for the Arts featuring Rick Braun with the Reading Pops Orchestra in an evening tagged Rick Braun Sings With Strings. The orchestra led by conductor William Rapp opened the evening with a piece by Franz Lehár, before Rick Braun and band entered the stage. We got Philippe Saisse on piano, who also arranged the music, Mark McLean on drums, Ben Butler on guitar and David Finck on acoustic bass. Rick Braun opened the show on the flugelhorn, before starting to sing the first of many romantic songs that originated in the first half of the 20th century by writers like Leonard Bernstein and others, which were featured in musicals and films and have become part of the great American songbook. Among the songs done was "Time After Time", I Didn't Know What Time It Was", "Once Upon A Summertime", "Say It" and others. This kind of music fits the voice of Rick Braun very well, and his flugelhorn blended perfectly with the orchestra. At the end he went back to his smooth jazz roots and did "Grazing In The Grass", which was a crowd pleaser. It was a privilege to witness this show with a full orchestra on stage and a world class band performing those classic songs.

Posted by Peter Böhi at March 28, 2012 6:38 PM