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Oakwood Chamber Players

Sun March 19 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

$5 - $20

The Oakwood Chamber Players continues its “Perspective” series with a concert titled “Through the Lens”

This concert looks through the lens at how music communicates through a variety of images. From the historic perspective of music performed to a Charlie Chaplin film, to stunning footage of South Carolina marshes paired with evocative music, to theatrics of narration and musical storytelling, the ensemble will present a broad sampling of music and its relationships to the visual.

Paul Bowles “Music for a Farce” was written in 1938 to be performed with the Charlie Chaplin movie “The Fireman”. The creation of this music came about through an exchange of ideas with Orson Welles. Clarinet, trumpet, piano and percussion support the silent film with their interpretation of the acting and the antics as was often the case in movie theaters prior to when film tracks were standard fare. The music is witty and conveys a sense of the time period when silent film was in its heyday.

American composer Daniel Visconti collaborated with Simon Tarr, the director of the media arts programs at the University of South Carolina to create “Low Country Haze”. The university’s huge archive includes millions of feet of film including old Fox Movitone newsreels and stunning footage from the Department of Natural Resources. The filmmaker distills the pastoral beauty from the archives in a way that creatively partners with the atmospheric music in “Low Country Haze.” The music is set for a mixed ensemble of flute, clarinet, bassoon, horn, percussion, piano, string quartet and bass.

Using a delightful array of percussion instruments, chamber ensemble, and narrator, American composer Gail Kubik brings a Dr. Seuss tale to life in “Gerald McBoing Boing”. In the narrated story Gerald does not speak and communicates solely through sound and percussive effects. The child’s communication method is first thought unusual but becomes what saves the day when his sounds are what fills in for an entire orchestra.

Additional music includes Payton MacDonald “Devil’s Dance” for hand drum and flute; and a set of Astor Piazzola music includes a Tango for string quartet, “Otoño Porteño” for flute, bassoon and piano and “Oblivion” for trumpet and piano.

This is the fourth of five concerts in the Oakwood Chamber Players’ 2016-2017 season series entitled Perspective. Remaining concerts will take place on May 13th and 14th.

The Oakwood Chamber Players are a group of Madison-area professional musicians who have rehearsed and performed at Oakwood Village for over 30 years. Tickets may be purchased with cash or personal checks at the door: $20 general admission, $15 seniors and $5 students. Visit for more information.


Sun March 19
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
$5 - $20
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Oakwood Village Auditorium
6205 Mineral Point Rd

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