CNY Jazz Orchestra partners with David Liebman


The Central New York Jazz Orchestra, a Syracuse-area nonprofit big band, will join NEA Jazzmaster David Liebman later this month to perform and record together.

This comes 11 years after the orchestra accompanied the saxophonist/flutist’s world premiere solo “If a White Horse from Jerusalem,” a four-movement work for soprano saxophone, woodwind flute and jazz orchestra. After the concert, Liebman had offered to record an album with the orchestra, and was quick to accept the offer.

David Liebman.

On the 20th, he will perform the composition again at the Adath Yesurun Temple in Syracuse, before recording with the orchestra the next day. The CNYJO, which will be led by Music Director Bret Zvacek, is also beginning its 27th season. Additional concert numbers include Quincy Jones’ arrangement of the Exodus theme, as well as orchestral originals to be found on their 2023 album with David Liebman. Doors open at 4 p.m. while the music starts at 5 p.m.

“If a White Horse From Jerusalem” was originally commissioned by the League’s Center for Human Sciences on their 2011 theme “Conflict: Peace and War” and performed that year in the carrier theatre, with additional support from the Jewish Federation of Central New York and Hillel. The Jewish Federation and the Jewish Community Foundation of Central New York will support the resumption of production in November.

Information regarding tickets and more can be found here.

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Henry R. Wright