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Saturday, May 3 | 7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $32.50-$42.50

Saturday, May 3 | 9:00 p.m.
Tickets: $27.50-$37.50

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Summer 2014 Concert Series
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The Bad Plus

Performing “On Sacred Ground: Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring”

“This is a recording of a jazz trio playing the score to a 101-year-old ballet. It is not a ‘jazzing the classics’ record or a ‘fantasia on the themes of’ sort of project. It is a band translating one of the landmark works in music history to piano, bass and drum set, and doing it as literally as possible.”—NPR
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“An acoustic jazz trio for the future.”—Blender

“With the most distinctive sound of any three-piece outfit since Nirvana, The Bad Plus again demonstrate vitality few bands—rock, jazz, or whatever—can match.”—Amplifier

“Audacious, rule-breaking jazz trio crunches and at times pulverizes swing to let improvisational freedom shine…Dynamics play a huge roll in the act’s music, as does humor, an element sorely lacking in most of contemporary jazz. But beauty is also key… jazz purists tremble while the vanguard flocks.”—Billboard

“Better than anyone at mixing the sensibilities of post-’60s jazz and indie rock.”—New York Times

“From album to album, the Bad Plus continues to evolve and improve.”—BBC

The Bad Plus came together at the end of the twentieth century and has avoided easy categorization ever since, winning critical hosannas and a legion of fans worldwide with their creativity, unique sound, and flair for live performance. Based in New York City, the intensely collaborative trio has constantly searched for rules to break and boundaries to cross, bridging genres and techniques while exploring the infinite possibilities of three exceptional musicians working in perfect sync. The Bad Plus’ ninth studio recording (and first since 2012′s Made Possible), The Rite of Spring continues the leaderless trio’s committed belief in what they’ve dubbed “avant-garde populism” — the idea that serious music can be as engaging and accessible as it is forward-thinking and provocative.

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