Known for his contributions to the world of jazz, musician and composer Branford Marsalis sets his sights on classical music in “Well-Tempered,” a performance featuring the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia. The Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech presents the evening of baroque masterpieces on Saturday, Oct. 25, at 7:30 p.m.

The performance will be held in the Anne and Ellen Fife Theatre, located within the Moss Arts Center’s Street and Davis Performance Hall at 190 Alumni Mall. 

Marsalis, a Grammy Award–winning saxophonist and Tony Award-nominated composer, joins the highly celebrated Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia to perform pieces by Albinoni, J.S. Bach, Telemann, Corelli, and others.

A jazz quartet leader, Broadway composer, and frequent soloist with classical ensembles, Marsalis has become increasingly sought after as a featured soloist with such acclaimed orchestras as the Chicago, Detroit, Düsseldorf, and North Carolina Symphonies, as well as the Boston Pops.

Marsalis has performed and recorded with jazz giants including Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Herbie Hancock, and Sonny Rollins. He has also collaborated with such diverse artists as Sting, the Grateful Dead, and Bruce Hornsby. He has appeared in film and television, including his role as the musical director of “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” in the early 1990s.

The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia is a 33-member professional ensemble led by music director Dirk Brossé. Founded in 1964, the orchestra is known for its distinguished performances of repertoire from the baroque period through the 21st century.


Tickets are $45 to $75 for the general public and $10 for students and youth 18 years old and under. Tickets can be purchased online; at the Moss Arts Center's box office, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; or by calling 540-231-5300.

Parking is available in the North End Parking Garage on Turner Street. Virginia Tech faculty and staff possessing a valid Virginia Tech parking permit can enter and exit the garage free of charge. Limited street parking is also available. Parking on Alumni Mall is free on weekdays after 5 p.m. and on weekends.



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