Jazz saxophonist Branford Marsalis. Photo by Darlene Susco via Wikimedia Commons

Jazz legend Branford Marsalis will join the classical Kontras Quartet on Sunday for the world premier of a new composition at the Music Box in Little Italy.

“Beg, Borrow or Steal,” music for saxophone and string quartet by Chicago composer Dan Visconti, was commissioned by Art of Élan and the Kontras Quartet specifically for this San Diego event.

The music mix will continue throughout the evening with performances by members of Art of Élan, Kontras Quartet and Marsalis.

“The entire evening is built around the idea of musical pathways and the surprising places they can take both the listener and performer,” explained Art of Élan founder Kate Hatmaker. “Not many people know about Branford’s love of classical music and we are thrilled to be able to share that part of his unique musicianship and talent.”

Visconti said his new work was composed with Marsalis in mind and “pays homage to hitchhikers, migrants, and vagabonds as the true mystics, martyrs, and inspiration of our soul.”

Art of Élan’s 11th season, named “Musical Pathways,” is taking a road that leads to a “unique and ambitious” jazz and classical music collaboration at the Music Box.

The concert is at 7 p.m. on Sunday, April 8. Tickets are $50 in advance, $55 on the day of the show and $25 for standing room only.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.