Concert Preview

Posted: May 1, 2012 in Uncategorized

There are a lot of really cool compositions on this Thursday’s concert with Lucero.   It will include songs from Lucero’s new release Women and Work, as well as selections from albums 1372 Overton Park, Tennessee and others — all original arrangements by Jonathan Kirkscey and Sam Shoup.   You’ll even get to hear contemporary music written by the Memphis Symphony musicians!

The orchestra will perform a number of incredible works – all of which were written in the 20th and 21st centuries.  Kirkscey, MSO cellist, has arranged Radiohead’s Pyramid Song for strings and percussion.   If you attended the MSO Opus One concert with Al Kapone back in the fall, you’ll remember  Kirkscey’s world premiere of Yaman Yar.  You will also hear the world premiere of our own Marshall Fine’s Black Fantasy Overture, which is based on The Stones’ Paint It Black.  Marshall is a violist in the Memphis Symphony.  Kenji Bunch’s String Circle draws on bluegrass idioms, which is a natural tie-in to the Symphony’s collaboration with Lucero.  David Carlisle and Adrienne Park will perform David’s composition for percussion duo, Mad Cow.

Mad Cow by David Carlisle is a percussion duet that fuses influences of North Indian tabla drumming, 1960s bebop drumming, and music from Sumatra. The instrumentation is also a fusion, using the “stuff” of multiple percussion: bebop bass drum and high hat, copper pipes, ceramic bowls, Chinese cymbals and gongs, African djembe, rototoms, octabans and an orchestral bass drum. The heads of the drums are made from stretched cowhide!

Click here to listen to a sample of Mad Cow!

In case you’re interested, our VP of Artistic Engagement, Brandon Knisley, put together a youtube playlist to prepare you for the concert.  Take a listen and enjoy.  You can even follow us on youtube!

Now I know you don’t want to miss this concert.  So give us a call at 901-537-2525 to order tickets, or buy online here.  Adults are $25 and students with an ID are $12.50.  You can’t buy student tickets online, so buy them over the phone or buy them at the door on Thursday.

Remember, this Thursday at Minglewood Hall, MSO’s Opus One and Lucero are going to rock your world.

In case you can’t get enough:
MSO’s Opus One series is planning for 2012-2013 season!  Future artists include the North Missippi Allstars and Hope Clayburn!  Check back for more info soon.  Don’t forget to check out Lucero at the Hi-Tone on Sunday, May 6!  Doors open at 4 p.m., and it’s 18+ only.   Learn more about their show and buy tickets here.  If you’re closer to Arkansas, then you can still catch Lucero at Riverside Park in Batesville, AR on Saturday, May 12.  Learn more about their show and buy tickets here.

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