Edward Kelsey Moore will be in formation among the cellos for
an epic battle of the bands this Saturday (and again on Monday evening) when the Chicago Sinfonietta crosses batons with
Mucca Pazza, a punk marching band. The concert is entitled: Rethink. Redefine. Reimagine. Under the circumstances
anything might happen!
Tradition vs Innovation. Orchestra vs Marching Band. Maestro Mei-Ann Chen opens the Chicago Sinfonietta season in the trailblazing spirit of Florence Price (the first African-American woman composer to have a work premiered by a major symphonic orchestra) with Price's Dances in the Canebrakes. Next, Maestro Chen marches us through tradition with works by Benjamin Britten and Ralph Vaughan Williams. Things go in a totally different direction for the second half: positioning the orchestra with punk marching band Mucca Pazza in a raucous musical conversation -- mashing up classical and punk in pure Sinfonietta style! Then Maestro Chen brings the two sides together in a fever pitched, epic, battle of the bands finale with Tchaikovsky’s Overture 1812 (specially rearranged). Capping off the experience? Beer-tastings in the lobby before the performance, during the intermission, and after the show designed to complement the music, courtesy of Two Brothers Brewing!
As Maestro Chen says, "This is truly a concert where you should expect the unexpected! "
Click here for more info & tickets!
Back in May, E.K.M. was one of the authors who participated in Take Three:
A Trio of Novelists Read and Talk at a new arts center on Cape Cod called Twenty Summers. There was a television crew on site who captured the entire evening (and they also recorded other literary and musical events that took place at Twenty Summers). The footage from many of those sessions is now available, free, at the Twenty Summers site! Join E.K.M. (who talks about The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat), and authors Julia Glass (And The Dark Sacred Night) and Andre Dubus III (Dirty Love) for the Take Three presentation: each author reads from their novel, and afterward they answer questions together. The event took place in the historic Hawthorne Barn, located at the edge of Provincetown. It was a lively, entertaining and informative evening, and now you can experience it for yourselves on streaming video! Click here to go directly to the Take Three event video at the Twenty Summers site. E.K.M. is the first author to read, and then he returns again at the end when all three of the authors answer audience questions.
(Note to parents that there are some cuss words in E.K.M.'s reading.)