Music Notes: Jazz it up with Taylor Eigsti

Ten years ago, when he was 13, pianist Taylor Eigsti sat in with Dave Brubeck. The jazz icon said, “Taylor is the most amazing talent I’ve come across. Remember him.”

It’s not a big surprise, then, that the Peninsula Symphony presents “Jazz with Taylor Eigsti” next week.

Mitchell Sardou Klein, music director of the symphony, says that Eigsti, who also composes, “has taken the jazz world by storm.”

The upcoming concerts feature a full symphonic program with music by George Gershwin (“I Got Rhythm,” “An American in Paris“) as well as premieres of pieces for jazz piano and orchestra Eigsti has written especially for these performances. Malcolm Arnold’s Overture from “The Roots of Heaven” also is featured.

Eigsti, 23, began playing the piano at 4 and made his professional debut four years later. His style comprises originals and jazz standards, yet also incorporates progressive sounds of the 21st century.

Concerts are at 8 p.m. Jan. 18 at the Fox Theatre, 2215 Broadway, Redwood City, and 8 p.m. Jan. 19, at Flint Center, 21250 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino. Tickets are $16 to $34. Call (650) 941-5291 or visit www.peninsulasymphony.org.

100 years in Burlingame “Burlingame the Musical: A Class Act” chronicles the 100 years of Burlingame’s history. The show, onstage this weekend at Burlingame High School, features 54 actors, musicians, singers and dancers — real teachers and students from local schools.

Among the musical’s characters are Anson Burlingame, Frederick and Bessie Koh, William Ralston and Ansel Easton.

Performances are at 7 p.m. today and 2 p.m. Sunday; the school is at

1 Mangini Way. For tickets, which are $10 to $25, call (650) 558-7300.

Concerts at Kohl Mansion The 25th Chamber Music Series at Kohl Mansion features the Ying Quartet in concert Jan. 20.

The program includes Haydn’s String Quartet in G Major; Beethoven’s Quartet in A minor and a “dim sum” of selected pieces by Chinese-American composers.

The Ying siblings began their ensemble career in 1992 in the farm town of Jesup, Iowa. They have since performed in virtually every American city, including appearances at Carnegie Hall and the White House.

A pre-concert talk is at 6 p.m.; the music starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $19 to $42. The mansion is at 2750 Adeline Drive, Burlingame. Call (650) 762-1130 or visit info@musicatkohl.org.

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