No, really: I got to play accordion with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra!

Thursday, April 25, 2024 —
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – APRIL 25 : CSO x Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis on April 25, 2024 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo)
© Nuccio DiNuzzo Photography 2024

I’m absolutely thrilled to be playing in these concerts featuring the CSO x Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, with the wonderful conductor Giancarlo Guerrero. There’s quite the delightful accordion part in the Shostakovich Suite for Variety Orchestra No. 1, which has been great fun to work on (on a beautiful Beltuna accordion acquired specifically for this piece, because my beloved Galanti didn’t have all of the requisite notes within range.) The whole program is delightful – Adams! Ellington! Prokofiev! Marsalis! – beautiful curated, with unexpected and highly effective juxtapositions of genre and style. I’ve loved every minute and and am very much looking forward to two more concerts, tonight and tomorrow.