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 Orchestra’s 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 Caine’s 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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