Rob Kapilow presents What Makes It Great?: Swing: The Great Bands of the Swing Era at the CCPA

Long compared to legendary composer-conductor Leonard Bernstein and exalted as “Classical music’s greatest evangelist” by the Boston Herald, Rob Kapilow returns to the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts (CCPA) with Cal State Northridge Jazz Band for WHAT MAKES IT GREAT? SWING: THE GREAT BANDS OF THE SWING ERA on Wednesday, March 18, 7:30 PM. Tickets for the program are $55 and are available at the CCPA Ticket Office and or by calling (562) 916-8500. The performance is sponsored by George & Bev Ray/LeFiell.

Get ready for a swingin’ evening with composer ROB KAPILOW as he and the CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE JAZZ BAND celebrate the music of the 1930s and 1940s by delving into the works of famous bandleaders of the time – Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, and Artie Shaw. A Q&A concludes the evening.

For more than a decade, Kapilow has brought the joys and wonder of music to audiences of all ages and backgrounds with his What Makes It Great? presentations, which dissect and examine the mysteries of music in terms everyone can grasp and appreciate. Part

One is an entertaining discussion displaying Kapilow’s gift for observation and his animated teaching style. Part Two features performances of the composition. The evening concludes with Part Three, a spirited Q&A on the work. The New York Times called the series “the kind of enlightening musical seminar in which you hang on to every word and note.” Cited by The Boston Globe as “an educator, motivational speaker, and game show host, all rolled up in one,” Kapilow has built a loyal following and a name for himself around the world. His renowned What Makes It Great? series is a recurring event at New York’s Lincoln Center and in Boston, Cerritos, and Kansas City. Kapilow’s acclaimed its history, citizens, diversity, and destination – through collaborative compositions.

Kapilow claimed the top spot in the Fontainebleau Casadesus Piano Competition, and Second Prize in the Antal Dorati Conductor’s Competition with the Detroit Symphony. He is a featured composer on Chicago Public Radio’s prestigious Composers in America series and a recipient of an Exxon “Meet-the-Composer” grant and awards from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, which includes more than 300,000 U.S. musicians, songwriters, lyricists, and publishers. He is an artist partner for the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, artist-in-residence at the Kaufman Center in New York, and the Clifford and Willa Smith Distinguished Visitor at the University of Toronto.

Kapilow spearheaded the Tony award-winning Nine on Broadway and the premiere of Frida for the opening of the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival. He authored the award-winning book All You Have to Do Is Listen; its follow-up What Makes It Great? Short Masterpieces, Great Composers; and Listening for America: Inside the Great American Songbook From Gershwin to Sondheim. His music CD Polar Express/Gertrude McFuzz featured collaborations with Isabel Leonard and Nathan Gunn. Kapilow wrote the piece Maman for the 25th anniversary of Ottawa Chamberfest.

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This article was released by the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts.