Pianist to unveil choral work

From Associated Press

Dave Brubeck can finally cross off something that’s been on his “to-do” list for nearly 60 years.

The famed jazz pianist will unveil a six-minute choral work called “The Commandments” on Sept. 14 at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall, as part of the second annual Jewish Music Heritage Festival in New York.

“It has taken me almost 60 years finally to compose something I wanted to write when I was a young soldier in Europe,” the 84-year-old Brubeck said in a statement.

“The Commandments,” to be sung by the 90-member Providence Singers, follows the 10 Biblical rules.


The pianist says the inspiration came during World War II when he saw most of the commandments broken.