Jazz pianist Arturo O’Farrill and a trio of musicians will perform at 8 p.m. Thursday, October 13 at Plymouth State University. This Silver Series program is presented by the PSU Student Senate Concert Committee.
Born in Mexico, raised in New York City and educated at the Manhattan School of Music and the Brooklyn College Conservatory, O’Farrill has performed with musical greats such as Harry Belafonte, Wynton Marsalis, Dizzy Gillespie and The Fort Apache Band. He is the musical director of the Afro-Latin Orchestra at Lincoln Center and director of the Chico O’Farrill Afro-Cuban Jazz Big Band, named for his father. O’Farrill’s has three new albums this year; Arturo O’Farrill Live in Brooklyn, The Jim Seeley/Arturo O’Farrill Quintet and Una Noche Inolvidable (An Unforgettable Night).
O’Farrill describes his own musical beginnings as a mix of fate, ambition and a jazz-infused childhood. He says, “I did not choose to study jazz. I chose to listen to jazz and allow the people whose work I admire to permeate my playing almost by osmosis. Sometimes I tell my fingers to zig and they’ll zag—but I’m trying to speak from my heart.”
The Silver Series brings to Plymouth State University a variety of professional guest artists whose work reflects the best in American and world cultures. Tickets for the Arturo O’Farrill Trio performance are $15 for adults, $13 for seniors and $8 for youth at the Silver Center box office, (603) 535-ARTS. Box office hours are Monday – Friday, noon – 6 p.m. and during performances.