Kenny G and the Pittsburgh Symphony
JoAnn R. Forrester, Empress of Biz.
Oh what a night…what a weekend for Pittsburgh it was. Music, arts, sports, foods, people all around downtown Pittsburgh. It felt like it was one big happening…and it was! To put it mildly it was a blast to be downtown and to experience all the "happenings." I went to several events over the weekend and I am still humming and tapping my toes ready to burst out of song at any moment.
Saturday. I saw Kenny Gee play superbly with the Pittsburgh Symphony. The man is amazing, his ability to hold notes and make his soprano saxophone talk is legendary. I could go on and on about his skill…but we all know that. And we all know that the Pittsburgh Symphony is world class and their Pop series are exciting and vibrant. In fact sport fans…you want to back a winning team? I suggest you become Pittsburgh Symphony fan. They never disappoint. They always put on a winning performance.
I enjoyed the concert for many reasons…not only for the music…but for the easy interaction that Kenny G has with the audience and the musicians. This man is not only gifted with musical talent, he is technically brilliant and has the ability to hold notes longer than anyone . In fact he has set the world record for the longest notes held…45 minutes!
In 1997, Kenny G earned a place in the Guinness Book of World Records for playing the longest note ever recorded on a saxophone. Using circular breathing, Kenny G held an E-flat for 45 minutes and 47 seconds at J&R Music World in New York City. Wikipedia
Kenny is also gifted with the ability to connect with the audience and bring his love of Jazz to you . His chatter with the audience and his musicians, the conductor are all designed to bring you in and feel like you are his special friend and he is only entertaining f you.
To sum it up…Kenny is a master story teller with words and music.
One additional note-- pun intended… The Pittsburgh Symphony is have a drive. The have been offered a challenge grant of $125,000 by
Roving Pittsburgher Good News Reporter, JoAnn Forrester is the Host of "Empress of Biz, Reinvent in Rugged Times," a business Talkcast syndicated on PPLMag, Pittsburgh's First Internet Radio and TV Network. You can hear JoAnn and Business friends every Thursday at 9 AM on the TalkShoe network or archived later at: http://pplmag.com Jo Ann is also a regular business tip columinist at the Pittsburgh Business Times.