Break out the monocle and fancy shoes (yes my idea of dressing to impress is inextricably tied to Mr. Peanut — get over it) because tonight, Live & Local is headed to Blue Star Contemporary Art Center to see SOLI Chamber Ensemble, in the group's own words, a "not-for-profit instrumental ensemble seeking to promote the awareness and appreciation of twentieth- and twenty-first-century classical music among audiences." Yeah. No offense to the fine rock and rap outfits we usually cover, but this stuff sounds big time fancy and probably a little out of our depth.
The show's closer will be George Crumb's "Voice of the Whale" which Crumb describes as "inspired by the singing of the humpback whale… Each of the three performers is required to wear a black half-mask (or visor-mask). The masks, by effacing the sense of human projection, are intended to represent, symbolically, the powerful impersonal forces of nature (i.e. nature dehumanized). I have also suggested that the work be performed under deep-blue stage lighting."
Whoa. I literally understood 10 words in the above paragraph, and I wrote seven of them. Five bucks says SOLI uses those expensive kind of instruments that are all shiny and played with bows and shit.
The show begins at 7 with a lecture I'll probably need to pay attention to, and the music starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15.
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