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

Welcome to “On the Town”, the Akropolis Reed Quintet’s theatrical chamber music presentation of roaring 20’s-style flamboyance, individuality, and innovation. Featuring Akropolis’ mini-big band performing music accompanying Buster Keaton’s silent film, The Electric House, the program revives a golden era of theater going while exhibiting Akropolis’ award-winning stage chemistry and virtuosity. Akropolis flexes their muscles in a performance of Dutch Composer Ton ter Doest’s Circusmuziek, and imitates a full orchestra in performing Gershwin’s An American in Paris with accompanying visuals. The program also features the music of American legend Leonard Bernstein and some other surprises along the way!

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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, Prelude, Fugue, and Riffs (1949) arr. John Romano
Buster Keaton, The Electric House (1922) – original film with music by Brendan Cooney, arr. Ryan Reynolds
Ton ter Doest (b. 1954), Circusmuziek (1991)
George Gershwin, An American in Paris (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...