Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Colorado Symphony's Inside the Score Concert Features Vast Musical Styles

Vocalists Will Chase of NBC's SMASH and Denver’s own
Sydney Brooke Fisher join resident conductor Scott O’Neil
in the unique INSIDE THE SCORE series program: Shuffle

Diverse music by composers ranging from Björk to Bach and Pat Metheny to Prokofiev come together in the Colorado Symphony's upcoming Shuffle, an Inside the Score series concert on Friday, April 27 at 7:30 p.m. Shuffle sets out to prove that musical genres aren't as different as we imagine. Resident conductor Scott O'Neil – embracing the reality that people like to "shuffle" between genres – ties together musical styles in one unforgettable evening that glides from Baroque to Jazz and from Broadway to Indie music and beyond.

Shuffle is a no-holds-barred look at how we enjoy music. "In the music industry, whether it's a live concert or recording, music and artists are segregated into categories," said O'Neil. "When you consider Broadway, jazz, classic rock or classical, there are tight-set boundaries that package music in compartmentalized groups. But that's not the way people like to listen. We often jump from one genre to another while driving or working – we hit shuffle or skip a song on Pandora® or switch radio stations. Yet, the music industry still packages music with labels. In the end, we probably miss a lot of wonderful music. Shuffle sets out to prove that the labels people try to put on things don't do us any favors."

Concertgoers will also enjoy several firsts at Shuffle, including new orchestrations by O'Neil of Björk's New World and Overture to Dancer in the Dark (from the soundtrack to the film directed by Lars von Trier). When she learned about the concept of the concert, Björk gave the rights to the Colorado Symphony free-of-charge. Also featured on the program is a new orchestration of Seal's Get it Together. To make it perfect for Shuffle, O'Neil wrote an orchestration perfectly tailored to the Colorado Symphony.

Denver’s own Sydney Brooke Fisher, who last joined the Colorado Symphony for A Night in Vienna, and Broadway's Will Chase (Rent, Miss Saigon, Aida and NBC's SMASH) join O'Neil on-stage for an evening that promises to bring new meaning to the next time you hit "shuffle." Tickets are on sale now and start at $15.

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