Program 2: Bobby McFerrin conducts an eclectic mix

Program 2: Bobby McFerrin conducts an eclectic mix

The concerto by Bobby McFerrin was an important moment of opening up to new musical works for the orchestra and the Milanese public.

  • Leonard Bernstein, Candide, Overture
  • Gabriel Fauré, Pavane op.50
  • Antonio Vivaldi, Concerto per due violoncelli, archi e continuo RV 531
  • Bobby McFerrin, Solo Improvisations
  • Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Symphony no.4 op.90 Italiana

The dialogue with jazz and other forms of musical at La Scala has been sporadic, but always of the highest quality: for example, the concerts by Keith Jarrett, Bobby McFerrin and Stefano Bollani in 2012.

McFerrin’s career — marked by collaborations with the jazz and pop greats, 10 Grammy Awards and sales over 20 million records — took an unexpected turn after the worldwide success of the song “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”. Bobby studied conducting (including with Leonard Bernstein) and worked with the world’s greatest orchestras, including the Wiener Philharmoniker. At La Scala, Bobby conducted the orchestra, but also sang the part of the second violoncello in a concert of Vivaldi’s music and also improvised, inviting the orchestra and the audience to join him in a decidedly unusual musical experience.


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