eighth blackbird Performs Schoenberg's Modern Classic Pierrot Lunaire
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Celtic music sensations Cherish the Ladies -- the first and only all-female traditional Irish band -- bring their high-energy and humor-filled show to McAninch Arts Center. The talented quintet combines heavenly vocals with brilliant Irish fiddle playing, spectacular step dancing and more, captivating audiences worldwide. The award-winning Ladies have multiple TV appearances and 14 acclaimed albums to their credit, along with a Grammy nomination for their 1999 collaboration with the Boston Pops Symphony. There will be pre-show entertainment provided by McNulty Irish Dancers, and specials on Irish beer, coffee and cocktails. Learn More
Written in 1912, the fevered intensity, gallows humor and touching pathos of Pierrot is drenched in the music of smoke-filled Berlin cabaret clubs and the bizarre world of the German melodrama.
Directed by renowned New York choreographer Mark DeChiazza, it features soprano Lucy Shelton, dancer Elyssa Dole, and eighth blackbird percussionist Matthew Duvall in the title role. The musicians of eighth blackbird perform the challenging work entirely from memory, so the players can take important roles in the drama.
Director Mark DeChiazza writes: "Pierrot has no conventional narrative. Instead of telling a "story" I will use dance to highlight the sometimes dramatic, sometimes satirical nature of the relationship between text and music. Movement and gesture will connect to the human core of this amazing work, and expand - rather than circumscribe - its meaning."
Pierrot Lunaire was premiered at the Ojai Festival in June 2009, where eighth blackbird was Music Director.