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Arts & Entertainment - October 2, 2009

Riffing on a classic

Jazz maverick turns the drama 'Othello' into a concert piece

by Janet Silver Ghent

The tragic tale of Othello, the Moorish soldier of fortune, and of his highborn Venetian wife whom he accuses falsely of infidelity, inspired a play by Shakespeare, a grand opera by Verdi and a study subtitled the "psychopathology of sexual jealousy." Now pianist-composer Uri Caine has riffed on the drama, turning it into a jazz concert piece that will have its American premiere at Stanford's Dinkelspiel Theatre on Saturday, Oct. 10.

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