Bobby McFerrin is best known as the singer of 1988s bubbly Dont Worry, Be Happy. But that annoying hit represents only one side of this prolific performer, whos been making records for 25 years. Hes collaborated with jazz giants like Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock, as well as with classical cellist Yo-Yo Ma. At tonights concert with the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra, McFerrin will conduct classical works by Mozart and others. Hell also make a bunch of funny noises with his mouth. He really is a renaissance man, says concert organizer Anne Griffith. His influences come from jazz, folk, world music, choral music, and a cappella. Its amazing how versatile he is.
You'll get an idea just how flexible McFerrin can be at tonights show, which includes performances of Mozarts Symphony No. 7, Ravels Le Tombeau de Couperin, and Rimsky-Korsakovs Capriccio Espagnol. After the orchestra leaves the stage, McFerrin will dazzle the audience with some of the vocal aerobics hes most famous for. Says Griffith: Thats when hell kind of go wild and do what he wants.
Sat., Jan. 20, 8:30 p.m.