Bakersfield Community Concert Association

2018-2019 Concert Season

POP! Go The Classics - Sunday, March 10, 2019 2:30 p.m.
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Spring forward with the piano music of Mac Frampton. POP! Go The Classics is a six-piece group presenting classical music in a pop format. Their repertoire includes Rossini's William Tell Overture, J.S. Bach's Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring, Gershwin's Rhapsody In Blue and more. Classical Music with a Twist of Pop. Join the Bakersfield Community Concert Association as we celebrate our 56th Anniversary Season. Single concert tickets are $35. Adult BCCA season memberships (2 concerts) are $50. Enjoy an extra hour of daylight after the concert.

POP! Go The Classics showcases celebrated pianist and arranger Mac Frampton, accompanied by the Three Penny Symphony, in a production that merges his conservatory training with his mastery of the pop and jazz idioms, bringing to the stage fresh and original interpretations of revered classical works.

POP! Go The Classics has been in the planning stages for three decades. Over his career, Mac Frampton has built a library of innovative arrangements based on classical themes, such works as Pictures At An Exhibition, Rachmaninoff's Prelude In C# Minor, Flight Of The Bumblebee, Johann Sebastian Bach performed as if he were alive and well and living in Greenwich Village, Appalachian Spring, Chopin from. the setting of a cool jazz club, and, of course, George Gershwin.

It's classical music with a twist of pop. Mac Frampton has assembled a world-class ensemble of six musicians trained in the classics who bridge the gap to the pop arena and combine these parallel passions for an unforgettable musical experience. The Three Penny Symphony will envelop your hall with a sound as powerful as fireworks and as soothing as a sunset. Pop Go The Classics is a show too unique and timely to miss.

Minuet In G - J. S. Bach
The William Tell Overture - Rossini
Clair de Lune - Debussy
Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring - J. S. Bach
Bolero - Ravel
Piano Concerto - Tchaikovsky
Piano Concerto #2 - Rachmaninoff
Nocturne in E Flat - Chopin
Fantasie Impromptu - Chopin
Maleguena - Lecuona
Rhapsody In Blue - Gershwin
The Blue Danube - J. Strauss
Prelude in C# Minor - Rachmaninoff
Air on a G String - J. S. Bach
The Nutcracker Suite - Tchaikovsky

Mac Frampton

As a boy, his dream was to play the piano just like Roger Williams. But this boy didn't have his own orchestra. So he had to make do with two large hands and ten long fingers, creating his "orchestra" as best he could, on a creaky old upright. How did Mac Frampton develop such a huge sound? Out of necessity.

As a teen, he sought to be liked. Admired. So he entered a Key Club competition that took the small town Southern boy all the way to the big stage in Long Beach, California, where he received the top international award from the iconic Pat Boone. Where did Mac Frampton realize the undeniable passion to perform? On that stage in California.

As a young man, he yearned to have a career as a performer. The Van Cliburn International Piano Competition beckoned, where the great Van Cliburn listened to him and said, "You have a career." How did Mac Frampton discover the world out there was waiting for his musical vision From the encouraging words of a legend.

As a performer, for the better part of four decades and counting, Mac Frampton has realized his dreams. He's played the huge arenas and the concert halls, soloed with the great orchestras, released over 25 recordings. His number of return engagements is unprecedented.

Mac Frampton has been guest soloist with such symphonies and orchestras as the Boston Pops, Mantovani, St. Louis, Milwaukee, New Orleans, Cincinnati, Jacksonville, and Atlanta. He's shared the stage with Glen Campbell, Roberta Flack, and many others.

Dreams do come true and Mac continues to share his dreams with audiences world wide having performed over 4,000 concerts.

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Welcome to Harvey Auditorium   Pop! Go The Classics for a delightful Sunday afternoon of classics with a twist of pop.


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