Classical Music, Jazzed Up

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The Turtle Island String Quartet (left to right): Mark Summer, cello; Mads Tolling, viola; David Balakrishnan, violin; Evan Price, violin. hide caption

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The Turtle Island String Quartet

The Turtle Island String Quartet (left to right): Mark Summer, cello; Mads Tolling, viola; David Balakrishnan, violin; Evan Price, violin.

Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Eileen Ivers and Regina Carter. i i

Classical violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Celtic fiddler Eileen Ivers and jazz violinist Regina Carter perform with the Boston Pops Orchestra. Michael Lutch/Boston Pops hide caption

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Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Eileen Ivers and Regina Carter.

Classical violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Celtic fiddler Eileen Ivers and jazz violinist Regina Carter perform with the Boston Pops Orchestra.

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In the final part of a series on the connection between folk and classical music from around the world, Performance Today turns to the world of American jazz. The classically trained musicians of the Turtle Island String Quartet often cross musical genres to play swing, be-bop and funk. In Studio 4A, they perform Oliver Nelson's blues tune "Yearnin."

The "Fiddlers Three" — classical violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Celtic fiddler Eileen Ivers and jazz violinist Regina Carter — perform the Triple Concerto for Violin and Orchestra by Chris Brubeck, son of the jazz legend Dave. And pianist Art Tatum plays Anton Rubinstein's Melody in F, Op. 3, No. 1

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