Spring Concert ~ 2012

The Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra Society
P.O. Box 5550, Kailua-Kona, HI 96745

20. March 2012

Kamuela Philharmonic announces Spring Concert, April 1, 2012

The Kamuela Philhamonic Orchestra’s 2011-2012 concert season will conclude with a program featuring the works of P.D.Q. Bach. Audience favorites such as Unbegun SymphonyEine Kleine Nichtmusic and Beethoven Symphony 5: New Horizons in Music Appreciation (with Lyman Medeiros as narrator) will be performed by the full orchestra, and the concert will also include several works for small ensembles, such asSonata for Viola 4 Hands and Schleptet.It would be foolish to miss this concert, which will begin at 4:00 pm on Sunday, April 1, 2012, at the Kahilu Theater in Waimea. Admission is free and audience members are advised to arrive no later than 3:30 pm, since space is limited.

According to the mythology created by his alter ego, Professor Peter Schickele P.D.Q. Bach was the last of famed composer J.S. Bach’s numerous offspring, possibly illegitimate or an imposter, and the family “black sheep.” Schickele’s “biography” calls the composer, who was said to have been born on April 1, 1742, “the worst musician ever to have trod organ pedals,” and claims he had no talent or musical training and only became a composer to capitalize on his famous father’s name. Due to P.D.Q Bach’s wine/women/song lifestyle, Schickele divides his life into three periods: the Intial Plunge, the Soused Period, and Contrition. During the (longest) middle period P.D.Q. concentrated on borrowing themes from the music of Haydn, Mozart and other prominent musicians of his day, and was only able to come up with original musical material when he forgot what he was stealing. He did compose music for some rather unusual instruments, such as the left-handed sewer flute, the windbreaker and the bicycle. But if not for the efforts of Professor Schickele, who in 1957 discovered “Sanka Cantata” being used as a coffee strainer by the caretaker in an old Bavarian castle, and has since collected an additional four score of his scores, P.D.Q. Bach would have faded into well-deserved oblivion after his “death” in 1807.

Professor Schickele has been entertaining audiences in performances of these works with more than fifty orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic and London Symphony Orchestra, since 1965. His self-contained show The Intimate P.D.Q. Bach, with Music Antiqua, has played nationwide, and Schickele’s Telarc discs, P.D.Q. Bach:1712 Overture and Other Musical AssaultsOedipus Tex and Other Choral CalamitiesWTWP-Classical Talkity-Talk Radio and Music for an Awful Lot of Winds and Percussion earned Grammy Awards for Best Comedy Album of the Year from 1990 to 1993. Random House has published multiple editions of Schickele’s The Definitive Biography of P.D.Q. Bach, and Vanguard has released 11 albums of P.D.Q. Bach performances. He continues to tour with two new programs, P.D.Q. Bach: The Vegas Years and P.D.Q. Bach and Peter Schickele: The Jekyll and Hyde Tour.

During her days as a student, Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra musical director, Dr. Madeline Schatz, enrolled summers at the Aspen Music School. One of the highlights of those summers was the residency of Professor Schickele, who had just begun his career as P.D.Q. Bach. Sitting at his concerts, she literally laughed until her sides hurt watching him perform such memorable pieces as Pervertimento for BicycleBagpipes and BalloonsConcerto for Horn and Hardart, and Concerto for Piano-vs-Orchestra, with world famous classical artists. Since then, whenever she has had the opportunity (such as the April 1 date offered to the orchestra for this concert), she has made a point of programming P.D.Q. Bach works, because they take the stuffiness out of classical music and she very much enjoys sharing Schickele’s humor. The orchestra is also looking forward to having a chance to have some fun with new takes on familiar pieces.

If you want to contribute to the future growth and improvement of our organization, and assist us in continuing to provide live, high quality orchestral music to Big Island audiences, your donation to our calabash, which will be in the lobby before and after the concert, would be greatly appreciated. The Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra Society is a 501 (c)(3), so any donations you make to us may be tax deductible.

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