David Rutherford ‘thinking outside the Bachs’

(Photo: CPR / Anna Hanel)
<p>David Rutherford conducting MSCO at the Denver Art Museum in April 2013. </p>

You may know that CPR Classical's David Rutherford is Music Director of Musica Sacra Chamber Orchestra (MSCO).Image: Rutherford conducting

This weekend he's conducting a concert with Tom Wopat of "Dukes of Hazzard" fame. And in doing so, according to Marc Shulgold, David is "thinking outside the Bachs." (Read more here.)

David also had this to say about the upcoming performance:

There are a few things that really get me excited about this program. First, of course, is working with Tom Wopat. I remember watching "Dukes of Hazzard" when I was a kid, but the work he’s done on Broadway is amazing: "Annie Get Your Gun," "42nd Street," "Chicago" and others. He has an incredible voice that is perfect for the swing standards we’re doing with him.Tom Wopat

Which brings me to the music – I LOVE classic swing tunes, especially with the addition of the string section. It’s like being a musician in the 40s and 50s. The music has an elegance and sophistication along with the fun of the swing, and his pianist has arranged most of the tunes for this performance in order to add the strings. I’ve also put together a big band with the strings that knocks my socks off, all lead by an old roommate of mine at the University of Northern Colorado. After Charlie Smith graduated, he hit the road as the lead trumpet player for the Glenn Miller Band.

Click here for more about the performance.