Big Read: Edgar Allan Poe Notes on Fiction Concert
October 23, 2014
Pulling from both Poe’s famous and lesser-known works, The Curiosity Cabinet will perform an evening length concert of works inspired by the famous poet. The haunting ‘Fall of the House of Usher’ and ‘Tell-Tale Heart’ will be presented with American experimental silent films from the 1920s, accompanied by a live chamber ensemble of eight players. Written by the ensemble’s founder and conductor Whitney George, these film scores are parallel dramas to what is seen on screen, creating an operatic approach where the combination of music, text, and visual elements are synergistically combined to create an all-encompassing and accessible experience for audiences of all ages. Covering the breadth of Poe's work, the concert will also include a setting of Poe's lesser known and intimate poem ‘Evening Star’. Puppeteer Daniel Fay will be collaborating with the ensemble for a re-telling of Poe's 'The Raven', contributing rarely seen visceral and tangible elements to the otherwise subtle psychological drama that the author is better known for.
The Fall of the House of Usher for chamber ensemble and silent film
The Tell Tale Heart for chamber ensemble and silent film
Quoth the Raven for narrator, puppeteer, and chamber ensemble
Evening Star for soprano and percussion
The Center for Fiction
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