Jazz meets Classical at Sunset at the Abbey

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September 7, 2022 By Nina Wellford

Atlantic Symphony Orchestra is thrilled to announce the musical line-up for their pre-season opening event: Sunset at the Abbey, to be held on Sunday, September 11 at 4:30 pm at Glastonbury Abbey in Hingham. This annual audience favorite pairs members of the classical ASO Chamber Players with musicians from another genre - jazz, blues, Celtic or even country - in a “fusion” concert that captures the spontaneous joy of great music.

This year, Brendan Ryan, ASO flute, and Xiaopei Xu, ASO piano, are joined by the legendary artists of the Gray Sargent Jazz Quartet  — Gray Sargent, guitar; Marshall Wood, bass; Joe Barbato, piano; and Gary Johnson, drums. Brendan and Xiaopei kick it off with a Latin-inspired classical set, then sit in for a couple of numbers in the Jazz Quartet’s set filled with favorite jazz standards from the American Songbook.

The fact that Gray and Marshall were Tony Bennett’s guitarist and bassist for the past 24 and 12 years respectively, tells you all you need to know about the caliber of these musicians. Joe, Gary and Brendan have had equally fascinating careers, and Xiaopei is a rising star in the classical world. The complete musical program and much more information about these stellar musicians can be found on the ASO website, www.atlanticsymphony.org.

Sunset at the Abbey takes place outdoors on the expansive lawn of Glastonbury Abbey, 16 Hull Street, Hingham. Audience members should bring chairs or blanket, a picnic, and lots of friends, including young music fans. The rain date will be Sunday, September 18, with a notice posted on the ASO website by 2:00, should it be needed. Tickets are $35 for adults and seniors, $10 for students, and youth under age 14 go free. Buy in advance at www.atlanticsymphony.org, or purchase at the gate.

ASO Managing Director, Hingham resident Karen Thompson, is excited to launch the ASO’s new season with this lively combination. “Anyone who heard Gray and his trio at the ASO house-parties last winter knows that they are spectacular! Brendan and Xiaopei are playing virtuosic music as well - and it’s always fun to see how our musicians combine.” Thompson and the rest of the ASO eagerly look forward to the 2022/23 season, when they will be back at Thayer Academy’s Performing Arts Center for their first full season of live performances since the pandemic. ASO will also celebrate Jin Kim’s 25th year as Music Director. Complete details and ticket options may be found at www.atlanticsymphony.org.

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