P.D.Q. Bach: An Evening of Musical Mayhem
||Imagine a world without cell phones, chocolate martinis and Paris Hilton.
That’s what it was like in 1965, when the first public, above-ground,
government-sanctioned (although not encouraged) P.D.Q. Bach concert took place.
The good Professor is now offering a NEW AND HILARIOUS orchestral program
featuring two excerpts from P.D.Q.’s mercifully incomplete opera “The Civilian Barber”: the Suite, with its
inimitable Polizeipośaune (police trombone)
solos, and the
Perückenstück (Hairpiece), which includes the most extensive
solos for the soprano proctophone in the entire literature.
Kleine Nichtmusik, containing no—count them,
zero—original melodies, will root the program in the masterpieces of Western
music from which the Professor cribbed.
As a blistering finale the program will
end with P.D.Q. Bach’s piano concerto (which is, let’s face it, what it
actually is), Variations on an Unusually Simple-Minded Theme.
They say that the simpler the theme, the more complicated the
variations, but that’s just what they say. The multi-tasking
Professor will commandeer the keyboard.
This remarkable milestone in music is available for performances with
symphony orchestras around the country. See the main
Concert Tours page for details and this and other
P.D.Q. Bach concert programs.
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