Every year I throw interesting challenges at my amazing creative music students for our ambitious experimental concert in February.
This time the jazz band had two challenges:
First, they have to create musical imagery of an aircraft flying through a storm.
They chose Scott's Bumpy Weather over Newark New Jersey (1939). This one will include a scary 250,000 volt Tesla coil and some hefty Theremin work. PLUS a 250,000 volt tesla coil on stage!!
Secondly, they have to make a connection between a "classical" work (any era) and a modern jazz work. They chose Béla Bartók's String Quartet #2 (1920) for it's rhythmic expression across multiple meter and Don Ellis' Infamous Bulgarian Bulge for it's frenzied but "make-you-want-to-dance" alternating 33/16 -- 36/16 time.
Finally our orchestra's challenge was to adapt an existing classical (any era) work to Georges Méliès' 1902 groundbreaking and beautiful sci-fi film, A Trip to the Moon. They went romantic, of course, and will be using Tchaikovsky's Overture 1812 with added orchestration. Tchaikovsky hated this particular work, so he might have seen it as a fitting backdrop for violent lobster people on the moon :)
The film, A Trip to the Moon, is a WORLD PREMIER!
After securing a contract for the original hand painted color film believed lost for over 115 years! It wlll be shown with the VCS radio Symphony performing the music LIVE!
Well, all of this musical mayhem will be performed
Tuesday February 20th at 7:30pm.--- at the Vacaville Performing Arts Theatre - 1010 Ulatis drive - Vacaville
Tickets available at the Box Office or Here