The Berkshire Music School’s Music@the Taft professional series will present the Thomas Bergeron Quartet, featuring BMS faculty member Jason Ennis, in a concert that mixes classical and jazz on Saturday, September 8th at 7:30 in the Taft Recital Hall on 30 Wendell Ave. in Pittsfield. The concert features an intimate quartet with Bergeron on trumpet/flugelhorn, Jason Ennis on classical and electric guitars, Vitor Gonçalves on accordion, and Alexander Svensen on acoustic bass.
Trumpeter Thomas Bergeron is a critically-acclaimed jazz musician as well as a renowned classical artist (Principal trumpet with the Springfield Symphony and the newest member of the Atlantic Brass Quintet). Bergeron’s creative projects cross-pollinate the music of his favorite classical composers with the sounds and performance practices of jazz.
Guitarist Jason Ennis is an exciting voice in the world of jazz guitar. His unique sound, deep groove and sensitive feel, along with a diverse background in jazz, blues, Brazilian music and classical music have made him highly in demand as a soloist, sideman, bandleader and musical director. A graduate of Middlebury College (BA in music), Jason attended Berklee College of Music (Boston) and The San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Since Fall of 2015, Ennis has been a Lecturer in Music at Dartmouth College, where he teaches jazz, world and popular guitar styles. Currently residing in Pittsfield, MA, he teaches guitar at the Berkshire Music School, is a faculty member at Interplay Jazz in Woodstock, Vermont and has given workshops at colleges and Universities throughout the US and Chile.
For their performance at the Berkshire Music School, the quartet will be interpreting music of Scriabin, Liszt, Messiaen, Takemitsu, and Debussy alongside original compositions and jazz standards.
The Thomas Bergeron Ensemble’s May 2015 release, Sacred Feast, presents re-imaginings of selected works by French composer Olivier Messiaen.
Tickets are $20 for adults; $10 for students. Wine and beer will be available for purchase. Call the school at (413) 442-1411 for reservations and information.