|P.D.Q. Bach and Peter Schickele: The
Jekyll and Hyde Tour is a two-faced concert
production that does not require blackmailing local orchestra
members to play P.D.Q. Bach’s music. This program requires nothing but a piano, plus a decently-equipped and sold-out
auditorium (Joke. They’ll play for anybody who wanders in.). In this
two-composers-for-the-price-of-one performance, singers
Michèle Eaton and Brian Dougherty perform such classic P.D.Q. classics as the
recently-discovered Four Next-to-Last Songs and the heart-rendering Shepherd
on the Rocks, With a Twist, which features Prof. Schickele playing the
tromboon (a cross between a trombone and a bassoon, combining all the
disadvantages of both in one easy-to-schlep instrument) and the lasso
d’amore. Audiences also experience (among other
delicacies) excerpts from the Little Notebook for “Piggy” Bach.
The Jekyll (or is it Hyde?) part of the program features songs and rounds by Peter Schickele, including the notorious rock ‘n’ roll settings of famous Shakespeare speeches (as heard in the composer’s solo song programs as well as on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion), as well as even more music by P.D.Q. Bach, including the musical recipe PDQ 3-Step Crab Dinner.
This tastefully boffo program is playing at indiscriminating theatres around the country. See the concert schedule page for dates and places.
|P.D.Q. Bach and Peter Schickele: The Jekyll and Hyde Tour (excerpts)||Many selections from this concert program were recorded on the Telarc CD of the same name. This audio sample contains excerpts from the following: Long Live The King—Introduction—Das kleines Birdie, Der Cowboykönig, and Es war ein dark und shtormy Night from Four Next-To-Last Songs—If Love Is Real—Introduction—Cyndi—Introduction—Hamlet’s Soliloquy, The Three Witches from MacBeth, Juliet’s Soliloquy, and Funeral Oration from Julius Caesar from Songs from Shakespeare|
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Here are some excerpts from recent reviews describing the Jekyll and Hyde Tour:
— Daniel Cariaga, Los Angeles Times
— Sarah Bryan Miller, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
— Wilma Salisbury, The [Cleveland] Plain Dealer