EASTON — Skip the roses this Valentine’s Day for something a little more improvisational: a romantic evening of jazz, courtesy of saxophonists and clarinetists Peter and Will Anderson.
A highly anticipated follow-up to their performance in late 2018, “My Funny Valentine: The Love Songs of Richard Rodgers” will take place at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at Prager Auditorium.
The Anderson Twins — who the New York Times calls “virtuosos on clarinet and saxophone” — hail from Bethesda, where they attended Walt Whitman High School before moving to New York City for the Juilliard School. And while they continue to call the city their home, they enjoy returning to Maryland, particularly Easton, to perform.
“The passion the community has for real jazz is heartwarming and inspiring,” Will Anderson said.
Guitarist Adam Moezinia, drummer Kevin McDonald and bassist Blake Meister will join the twins on stage. Vocalist Lena Seikaly, whose connection to the Andersons goes back to high school, rounds out the ensemble.
“We love Lena,” Will Anderson said. “We actually performed with her often when we were in high school, in the Capital Focus Jazz Band.”
Named “one of Washington’s preeminent jazz singers” by The Washington Post, Seikaly is known her traditional and contemporary jazz vocals.
“She has a deep appreciation and dedication to the Great American Songbook and vocalists, such as Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and Sarah Vaughn,” Will Anderson said.
The musicians will celebrate the life and music of Richard Rodgers — one of the most notable American composers, recognized as a visionary for his impact on musical theater. The performance will showcase gems from his songwriting partnerships with lyricists Lorenz Hart and Oscar Hammerstein, including “My Favorite Things,” “It Might As Well be Spring,” “Have You Met Miss Jones?” and, of course, “My Funny Valentine.”
“Rodgers’ melodies are so pure and simple, yet unpredictable that they delight everyone from the casual listener to music fanatic,” Will Anderson said. “(His) music is loved by many in the worlds of Broadway, jazz and popular music.”
The concert is presented by Jazz on the Chesapeake, a program of Chesapeake Music.
General admission tickets are $45; sponsor reserved seats are $100. To purchase, call 410-819-0380 or visit Jazzonthechesapeake.com.