“A concert is being planned. Someone is trying to get through.
Aurora Orchestra presents a unique theatrical concert for Halloween, devised in collaboration with Peter Straub, one of the worldâ€™s leading horror writers, touring to venues across England.
30 October 2011, 7.30pm: St George’s Bristol
1 November 2011, 7.30pm: The Apex, Bury St Edmunds
2 November 2011, 7.30pm: Wathen Hall, St Paul’s School
3 November 2011, 7.30pm: Turner Sims, Southampton
4 November 2011, 7.30pm: LSO St Luke’s, London
Bach (arr. Webern), Ricercar a 6 (A Musical Offering)
Dukas (arr. Farrington), The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
Saint-SaÃ«ns, Andante from Septet in E-flat major
Ives, Adeste Fideles
Nancarrow (arr. Mikashoff), Study for Player Piano No. 7
Kats-Chernin, Cadences, Deviations and Scarlatti
Sibelius, Valse Triste
Catherine Hopper (mezzo-soprano)
Rex Lawson (pianola)
Nicholas Collon (conductor)
Tim Hopkins (theatre-maker/director)
Peter Straub (author)
American horror writer Peter Straub is known to millions worldwide for novels including Ghost Story, Koko, and In the Night Room, as well as his collaborations with Stephen King, The Talisman and Black House. Together with theatre-maker and director Tim Hopkins, Straub collaborates with Aurora this year to create a Halloween concert like no other.
A concert is being planned; arrangements are made; but other voices are trying to get through, and both writer and musicians are gripped by forces beyond their controlâ€¦
Peter Straubâ€™s original text weaves together an eclectic musical programme including hauntingly beautiful works by Bach, Saint-SaÃ«ns and Sibelius, the fearsome virtuosity of Nancarrowâ€™s Studies for Player Piano, Dukasâ€™ iconic Sorcerersâ€™ Apprentice, and the explosive, unsettling power of Elena Kats-Cherninâ€™s Cadences, Deviations and Scarlatti.
Visit the Aurora Orchestra website for more details and booking info.”