Kornél Fekete-Kovács & Modern Art Orchestra

Date: 09.21.2014

Time: 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Location: Soka Performing Arts Center

Kornel Fekete Kovacs & Modern Art Orchestra

Soka Performing Arts Center presents

Kornél Fekete-Kovács & Modern Art Orchestra

Sunday, September 21, 2014 at 3 p.m.

Featuring Special Guest - Mike Garson

Pianist Mike Garson will take the stage along with the Modern Art Orchestra. Garson states, "I am so excited to sit in for four songs with the great Kornél Fekete-Kovács. Two of the arrangements for his big band I arranged for him, "Satin Doll" and "My Lullaby" for our daughters. In response Kornel chose his two hardest pieces for me therefore I must return to the piano!"

Garson is perhaps best known for his relationship with David Bowie, which began after he played only eight bars for Mick Ronson in late 1971. He was then asked to join David Bowie’s first North American tour and the rest is history. In the nearly 40 years since, Mike has made his mark on numerous Bowie albums and has traveled thousands of miles on Bowie tours, including his 2003-2004 “A Reality Tour,” Bowie’s first world tour in 20 years. On November 17, 2006 Mike accompanied Bowie and Alisha Keys during a unique performance of “Changes” at an AIDS benefit in New York City.

In March of this year, the Philharmonic Society of Orange County presented Mike's "Symphonic Suite for Healing" at the Henry and Renee Segerstrom Concert Hall. To learn more about Mike Garson visit his website,

About Modern Art Orchestra:

From Budapest, Hungary comes the astounding Modern Art Orchestra under the artistic direction of Kornél Fekete-Kovács. Many of our Jazz Monsters fans know of Kornél from previous appearances. But this will be the first time that his Modern Art Orchestra has travelled to the U.S.

Lively, snappy, intuitive and captivating. Since its formation in 2005, Modern Art Orchestra has been a melting pot for the artistry of highly qualified young musicians in Hungary’s jazz, classical music and crossover scene. Founder and director of the band, Hungary’s leading trumpeter Kornél Fekete-Kovács established the first group of musicians with the dream of operating a contemporary big band which would focus on playing compositions by some of the best contemporary creative musicians of the country. Through its first years of activity, Modern Art Orchestra received masterpieces from composers like Péter Eötvös.

Since the first chapter of its story, MAO has gained the status of an internationally renowned chamber orchestra that is engaged in many genres of music including jazz, pop, classical or contemporary ensemble. It has had countless successful projects together with the world’s leading musicians from Bob Mintzer, Dave Liebman, Kurt Elling or Wallace Roney through Rhoda Scott, Julian Joseph, Mike Garson or Silje Neergard to Mezzoforte, New York Voices and Harlem Gospel Choir – just to name a few.

Modern Art Orchestra's repertory contains more than 15 hours of music uniquely composed for, dedicated to and premiered by the band. During its American tour, Modern Art Orchestra is going to play a choice of compositions which reflect their musical origin of contemporary improvised music in Europe: big band orchestrations of the music by George Frideric Händel, Béla Bartók, Gioacchino Rossini and Franz Schubert are to be played as well as the best of European jazz repertoire including some of the band members' crispy, drifting and captivating compositions.

Tickets: $29.00/$25.00 Students and Seniors (62+)

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This event is part of the Jazz Monsters Series. Save $ on multiple events, click link for details. 

GROUPS: To purchase tickets for groups of 10 or more CLICK HERE or contact the box office at (949) 480-4278.

Stay late for Dinner! Soka Bistro is open for dinner M-F 5:30-7:00 pm, Sat/Sun 5:00-7:00 pm. Only $10.95 for an all-you-can-eat buffet. 

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