Pianist Willis Delony will examine the “intersections” between classical and jazz music at 7 p.m. Friday at Grace Episcopal Church, 11621 Ferdinand St. in St. Francisville.
In a career spanning more than three decades, Delony has won acclaim as one of the nation’s leading classical-jazz crossover artists, and his concert explorations of the two musical worlds are showcased in a series of solo piano recordings on the Centaur label, according to a news release.
“A New World A’ Comin’ — Classical and Jazz Connections” was released in 2001, “Double Dance — Classical and Jazz Connections II” in 2008 and “Out of Character — Classical and Jazz Connections III” in 2014.
Previous album credits include a recording of sonatas by Samuel Barber and Sergei Prokofiev and a jazz album titled “Civilized Conversations,” featuring Delony and bassist Bill Grimes.
The pianist has collaborated with bassoonist William Ludwig on “Rhapsody in Bassoon,” which features the world premiere recording of André Previn’s “Sonata for Bassoon and Piano.”
Delony has appeared as piano soloist, guest pianist/arranger or conductor with more than 30 American orchestras, as well as orchestras in Canada, the former Soviet Union and China. As a solo and collaborative recitalist, he has performed classical and jazz concerts throughout the U.S., including a solo recital in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, and Brazil, France, Germany and Mexico.
Also, Delony has performed with many of the nation’s leading jazz artists and is co-host and pianist for LSU’s popular concert series “Hot Summer Nights – Cool Jazz.”
His pops orchestra arrangements have been performed throughout the U.S. and Canada, including more than 50 scores written for the Minneapolis-based jazz vocal quintet Five By Design, with whom he has recorded two albums.
“It is so exciting and such an honor for the St. Francisville Symphony Association to have such a talent here,” said Treva Tidwell, president of the St. Francisville Symphony Association.
Tickets for Delony’s performance are $25 per person. Parents accompanied by a student get in at half-price, and students are admitted free.
Tickets available at the door or the Bank of St. Francisville.