Oberlin College and Conservatory

The Terence Blanchard Quintet & Oberlin Chamber Orchestra

Thursday, October 13, 2016 at 8:00pm

Finney Chapel
90 North Professor Street, Oberlin, OH 44074

The Oberlin Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Raphael Jiménez, will perform with special guest artists The Terence Blanchard Quintet.

The concert will open with a three-piece set by The Ben Cruz Quintet, a small jazz ensemble from Oberlin's Conservatory of Music Jazz Department.

Presented in partnership with Tri-C Performing Arts.

This performance is FREE.

The concert will NOT be live streamed.



Herbie Hancock                      The Sorcerer
Mulgrew Miller                      Promethean
Thelonious Monk                   Reflection
                            Ben Cruz, guitar 
                            Giveton Gelin, trumpet 
                            Nate Rice, saxophone 
                            Emma Adomeit, bass 
                            Ricardo Guerra, drums

Terence Blanchard                  A Tale of God’s Will (Requiem for Katrina) 
                                                   for Chamber Orchestra and Jazz Quintet                                      

                             Terence Blanchard, trumpet
                             Brice Winston, sax
                             Shai Maestro, piano
                             Linda Oh, bass
                             Justin Brown, drums 



Film director Spike Lee commissioned New Orleans native Terence Blanchard to compose the score for his 2006, four-hour, award-winning HBO documentary When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts, which showed the agony of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. In 2007, Blanchard, with that project as his starting point, recorded A Tale of God's Will (A Requiem for Katrina), parts of which were heard in Lee's documentary. The album was deeply personal. Blanchard’s mother, Wilhelmina, lost her Pontchartrain Park home in the tragedy.

In 2008, the album won a Grammy for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album, and the song “Levees” was nominated for Best Jazz Instrumental Solo.


A world renowned trumpeter/composer/band leader and Blue Note recording artist, Terence Blanchard is the most prolific jazz musician to ever compose for motion pictures. Blanchard was born and raised in New Orleans where he studied with the Marsalis brothers at the famed New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts. In 1980, he won a scholarship to Rutgers University and immediately began performing in the Lionel Hampton Orchestra. Two years later, he succeeded Wynton Marsalis in the legendary Jazz Messengers before forming his own influential groups. Blanchard originally began performing on Spike Lee's soundtracks, including "Mo Better Blues" in which he ghosted the trumpet for Denzel Washington. Blanchard lives in New Orleans with his wife, Robin, and his four children.

The 2007 recording of A Tale of God’s Will: Requiem for Katrina can be heard here

- IMDb Mini Biography By: A. Magro


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Master Class, Music


Academic, Jazz Studies, Administrative, Conservatory of Music


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