Reaching Across the Concert Hall Aisle
Friday at the box office, (414) 342-7283 and therave.com. 3LAU and Carnage: 8 p.m. Oct. 25, the Rave. $17.50 to $26.50. Mimosa: 8 p.m. Dec. 6, the Rave. $16.50 to $26.50. Mythbusters Behind the Myths Tour: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4, Milwaukee Theatre , 500 W. Kilbourn Ave. $48 to $128, on sale 10 a.m. Friday at the box office, (800) 745-3000 and ticketmaster.com .
CDT, October 3, 2013 With their unique blend of contemporary and classical styles, The Da Capo Duo leads listeners on a musical journey of lush sounds, comforting rhythms, and stunning precision. Their music is moving without being overly dramatic, intricate without parading empty virtuosity, and just plain fun to hear. The flute and guitar duo will perform Ben Westfall’s original arrangements of works selected from a variety of genres and instrumentations including film music from Up, Brave, Lord of the Rings, Forrest Gump, The Hours, and Braveheart. The concert will also feature popular songs such as The Boxer and Annie’s Song, as well as selections from Astor Piazzolla’s Histoire du Tango. Flutist Kristin Paxinos holds degrees from Indiana University and DePaul University. She has performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and Symphony Center with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Guitarist Ben Westfall is a graduate of the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati and is a devoted fingerstyle guitarist. Paxinos and Westfall are owners and instructors at Da Capo Music Studio in Elburn. Their studio specializes in private instruction for guitar, piano, and flute and features a separate performance space where they hold bi-weekly student recitals. The Da Capo Duo will perform on Saturday, October 5 at 6:00 p.m. The proceeds from the event will go to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Cystic fibrosis is an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system of about 30,000 children and adults in the United States (70,000 worldwide). CF clogs the lungs and leads to life-threatening lung infections; and obstructs the pancreas and stops natural enzymes from helping the body break down and absorb food.
While our appropriately “punny” name for a D.C.-based group helps attract attention, we strive to create music that offers much more than novelty. We don’t just embrace variety; we celebrate the threads that connect different genres by exploring universal themes — transformation, coping with fear, connection with the natural world, conflicts between good and evil, faith and doubt, darkness and light – that bind music together across centuries and styles. Our shows span the spectrum of musical styles and eras, mixing renaissance music with modern classical works, jazz tunes with pop and rock songs, folk ballads with doo-wop. We believe great music belongs together, regardless of genre. One of the biggest steps in our growth as a new ensemble was the decision to record a debut album. With the wide range of musical ground that we cover, it felt like a daunting task to construct something that was cohesive, but also represented our versatility and love of crossing musical “party lines”. We wanted to go beyond simply hitting “shuffle” on an eclectic playlist and calling it a day. With this project, we dared to mix genres and styles not just from track to track, but within individual songs. For example, our take on George Harrison’s Here Comes the Sun was inspired by James Taylor and Yo Yo Ma’s re-imagined version, and then adds some silky jazz harmonies and an homage to immortal composer Claude Debussy with a “Clair de Lune” intro. Even the way we recorded the album was a challenging nut to crack, but the dilemmas we faced led to innovation. We incorporated techniques typically used for pop a cappella and applied them to jazz and classical songs, and vice-versa. We took the idea of fusion and ran with it as far as we could go. In the end, we gave our debut album a title that expressed the essence of our conformity and our rebellion in the D.C. arts scene, all at once: Opening Statement.
Concert hall celebrates 10th anniversary
As a young boy, I discovered Tchaikovsky through great recordings and he has had a very special place in my heart ever since, Dudamel said. In light of the L.A. Philharmonics 2012 Mahler Project, the orchestra will collaborate with partner orchestra Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra to bring to life the work of Tchaikovsky during their series beginning in February 2014. On top of a star-studded season, the Walt Disney Concert Hall is going a step further and is offering $10 tickets for select concerts throughout the season. Some of the selected dates include an All-Beethoven concert, an organ recital by Hector Oliver and a special Halloween treat: live organ accompaniment to the film The Phantom of the Opera. With some of these special offer concerts already sold out, these tickets are sure to be a hot commodity in the community. Elisa Ruiz, a graduate student studying opera performance, feels theres plenty to be excited about. I would be excited about all of these concerts. This is a great array of music, however, I would be more interested in seeing Schuberts symphony No. 4, and Tchaikovskys piano concerto No. 1, since I have never seen them performed, Ruiz said. If $10 is still too much (after all, that would buy you a whole steak salad at Seeds), USCs Visions and Voices arts initiative is offering students the chance to see some of these grand concerts for free. The next opportunity is on Saturday, with buses leaving USC for the Walt Disney Concert Hall at 6:30 p.m.