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A Study of Contrasts

WMS Masterworks

Scott Speck, conductor
Marcus Roberts Trio, guest artists

Dates and Tickets

Friday, May 20 at 7:30 pm


Single Tickets: $20, $25, $39, $49
Student Tickets: $7

Season tickets available now! Call Rita at 231.726.3231 x223 for more information.


Tchaikovsky: Symphony 5
Gershwin: Concerto in F, Marcus Roberts Trio

Two composers, two extremely contrasting visions. Peter Tchaikovsky, obsessed with fate, pours out his soul in searing, passionate and triumphant expression. George Gershwin, obsessed with jazz, creates a combustive fusion of popular and classical idioms. The dynamic expressiveness of each is intensified by combining the two works in one concert. Hailed as “the genius of the modern piano,” Marcus Roberts brings real-time improvisation to his special arrangement of Gershwin’s work.

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About Marcus Roberts >

Marcus Roberts Jazz Piano The Block. Sat, May 21, 7:30 pm. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Marcus Roberts is one of the top pianists of his generation. A prodigious talent, Roberts landed his first recording contract at age 15 and then went on to perform with renowned trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, who calls him “the genius of modern piano.” Roberts will present a solo concert of jazz piano on the spectacular Steinway B at The Block. For the program, info and to buy tickets please visit, The Block website >

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