Ariel Artists

Akropolis 20s

On the Town

Akropolis, Roaring 20s, silent film

Akropolis Reed Quintet creates a 1920s revival program featuring Buster Keaton's Electric House as the centerpiece and including poetry and honky-tonk piano to complete the scene.

Project Description

Akropolis’ trademark virtuosity and flair for the dramatic takes center stage as the ensemble revives a golden age of theater-going. Join the ensemble and embrace Prohibition-era decadence, flamboyance, and individuality. This roaring-20s revival opens with F. Scott Fitzgerald’s iconic poem “City Dusk.” Featuring the tiny Akropolis big band accompanying Buster Keaton’s hilarious 1922 silent film The Electric House as its centerpiece, the concert program also includes selections from George Gershwin and Kurt Weill which could be placed in a time capsule for American music. An American in Paris describes an American’s first impressions of Paris through Gershwin’s jazz-inspired reminiscences, and closing the concert, Weill’s Threepenny Opera defines its era’s stage shows. Hailed for “imagination, infallible musicality, and huge vitality” (Fanfare Magazine), Akropolis’ unique lineup of five reeds is given full allowance to impersonate and reimagine everything from cabaret stage shows to soaring string melodies. Saxophonist extraordinaire Matt Landry even makes an appearance on honky-tonk piano!

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Works to be performed on the “On the Town” program include:

F. Scott Fitzgerald, “City Dusk” (1918) – poem recitation
Leonard Bernstein, “Time Square Ballet” from On the Town – Three Dance Episodes (1945), arr. Ryan Reynolds
George Gershwin, An American in Paris (1928), arr. Raaf Hekkema
Buster Keaton, The Electric House (1922) – original film with music by Brendan Cooney, arr. Ryan Reynolds
Kurt Weill, Threepenny Opera (1928), arr. Raaf Hekkema

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    Gershwin, An American in Paris arr. Raaf Hekkema (live)

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    Kurt Weill, Threepenny Suite (live)

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    Additional Offerings

    • Post-Concert Meet-and-Greet

      Akropolis comes out from behind the stage curtain to sit with the audience and debrief after a high-flying adrenaline-rush performance. Share your feelings and impressions directly with the artists and get their feedback in real time!

    • Behind the Scenes Lecture / Demonstration

      In a fun and friendly lecture/dem leading up to their performance, Akropolis shares behind-the-scenes design and preparation secrets related to their concert program. Among illustrative performance snippets, Akropolis provides insightful details regard...