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Tickling the musical funny bone

Staff reportGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Symphony in the Valley presents a lighthearted adventure into the downright silly side of classical music with the concert “Comedy Tonight.””We’re playing music from four centuries that will tickle your funny bone,” said Conductor Wendy Larson.

The concerts will be performed at 7 p.m. Oct. 13, at Grand Valley High School in Parachute, and at 2 p.m. Oct. 14, at Roaring Fork High School in Carbondale.”Most classical music fans know about Mozart’s ‘Musical Joke,’ Haydn’s ‘Surprise Symphony,’ and Saint-Saens’ ‘Carnival of the Animals,’ and we’ll be playing excerpts from those pieces,” Larson said. “But we’ll also venture into modernistic musical humor, with pieces such as ‘Fanfare for the Common Cold’ by Peter Schickele and ‘Concerto for Horn and Hardart’ by his alter-ego, P.D.Q. Bach.

“We’re going extra goofy by offering the Colorado debut of David Baker’s ‘Concertino for Cellular Phones and Symphony Orchestra,’ and we’ll be playing ‘Imaginary Landscape No. 4’ by John Cage, which is played entirely by an ensemble of 12 radio players,” she said.The concert also features the premiere performance of “Symphony Sampler” by Glenwood Springs composer James Belling.”This piece touches on a lot of musical themes, including a bit of the Beatles,” said Belling. “It will be a good fit with the rest of the nutty pieces in this concert.”



“Of course, the concert wouldn’t be complete without ‘The Typewriter’ and ‘March for Two Left Feet’ by Leroy Anderson,” Larson said. Tickets are available at the door. Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $6 for kids 3-18, and $30 for families. Season tickets good for Symphony in the Valley’s concerts in October, December and May will also be sold at the door.For more information, visit Symphony in the Valley’s new Web site at http://www.sitv.org.


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