Ever wondered how, say, a Mozart quintet, a Brahms violin sonata or some Mahler lieder would look in spiffy new jazz clothing? Find out this weekend at Musaic at the Jazz Bakery, a festival celebrating music in its different forms, according to Uri Caine, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestras composer-in-residence and, in the words of The New York Times, a ferociously versatile polyglot at home in jazz but fluent in many musical languages. Caine curated the three-day event, which features two sets per evening. The first is a program of works by classical composers, performed by members of LACO; the second is a genre-bending re-imagining of those same works, performed by Caine on the piano and fellow jazz musicians Bob Shepard, Ralph Alessi, Jim Black, Josefina Vergara and the Rova Saxophone Quartet. Among the highlights: works by Brahms and Mahler on Thursday; an all-Mozart program on Friday; and works by Gernot Wolfgang and Joel McNeely, followed by the world premiere of Caines Concerto for Piano and Ensemble, on Saturday. The Jazz Bakery; Thurs.-Sat., May 10-12, 7:30 & 9:30 p.m.; $25 individual sets, $40 both sets (per night), $99 festival pass. (213) 622-7001, Ext. 215, or www.laco.org.
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