Collaboration will bring a unique experience of music, word, and light to Old Town
Fort Collins, Co. (July 18, 2016) – “Classical Music”. For many people, the term often conjures up images of people in tuxedos, dainty sounds, and stuffy formality. It is seen as old music by long-deceased Europeans that is the natural soundtrack for old money nobility. But, one area arts organization hopes to turn that assumption upside-down.
NoCo Artists, a Fort Collins-based music organization is partnering with the Downtown Artery in Old Town to present their newest season, The Seasons. These events are somewhere between a concert and a play. The evenings feature costumes, high-tech video presentation, audience participation, and of course “classical music”.
The season’s four shows will each be anchored by a performance of Antonio Vivaldi’s well-known pieces for violin soloist and string orchestra known as ‘The Seasons’ featuring UNC Professor Chris Luther. The other well-known pieces on this first show ’Fall’ are by 19th-century Austrian Franz Schubert and America’s own Scott Joplin. The remaining music draws from a large variety of lesser-known and new works for string ensemble including a work by Denver composer Tom Hagerman of DeVotchKa.
The evening also promises some surprising twists that combine elements of a puzzle room along with a unique ‘deconstruction’ of the Vivaldi concerto to get inside the music and understand it from its parts. There will be spoken word elements curated by area poet Veronica Patterson. The Downtown Artery also features prominently in the experience as attendees will have the opportunity to experience many of the spaces and features of the venue and the audience itself becomes a part of the show as well. Nothing is accidental, and every aspect of the space and the presentation is interconnected to the evening in some way.
Artistic Director Gustav Hoyer describes the show as “an evening of music, word, and light that pushes through the separation between audience and performer and draws you into a unique encounter with both the music and the musicians that can only be experienced in person.”
Tickets for “Fall” are available through the Downtown Artery. Show times are 6P and 7:30P on Aug. 20 and Sept 24. General admission is $35 and students are $15.