Release Date: April 16, 2003
ASU Chamber Singers to Present PDQ Bach & Other Absurdities
Like comedians, musicians know how to laugh as the ASU Chamber Singers will demonstrate with their fun-filled spring concert "PDQ Bach and Other Absurdities" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 24, in the Angelo State University Auditorium.
Open free to the public, the spring concert will feature the musical merriment of "PDQ Bach," a fictional character created by famed Juilliard music professor Peter Schickele to represent the lost son of the great baroque master Johann Sebastian Bach. Several of the wayward son's more popular and hilarious songs will be performed, including "The Art of the Ground Round," "My Bonnie Lass She Smelleth" and "The Queen to Me a Royal Pain Doth Give."
Additionally, two compositions by the elder and real Johann Sebastian Bach will be performed the "Bourée" from English Suite No. 2 arranged by Ward Swingle and "Cold and Fugue Season" from the Organ Fugue in G Minor arranged by Ellen Foncannon.
Other repertoire for this concert will include "Same Old Monday" by Walter Grady, "Much Ado About Nothings" by Norman Luboff and "Name That Tune," a humorous medley of famous classical tunes by Grayston Ives. Joseph Clokey's tragic mini-operetta entitled "The Grasshopper" will feature Dr. Eldon Black as narrator, Mary McIntosh as the Young Grasshopperess, Mark Cooper as the Turkey Gobbler, Nick Howard as the Reverend Bumble Bee, Rachel Kuntz as the Ancient Maiden Aunt and Luis Ocada as the Herald.
The program will conclude with Lennon and McCartney's "Honey Pie," Randy Newman's "Short People" as sung by the King's Singers, and "Sing of Spring," one of George Gershwin's lesser-known pieces from the movie musical, "Damsel in Distress."
Dr. Pamela Lee, director of ASU choral activities, will conduct and Mrs. Louellen Meyer, pianist, will accompany the ASU Chamber Singers. Also performing will be Kelley Henson on string bass and Jason Gregg on percussion.
As the final university choral concert of the academic year, the performance promises a fun-filled evening of musical parody.
For more information, call the Department of Art and Music at 942-2085, Ext. 221.