Not So Classical GSO Trailer - World premiere orchestral performance featuring Ken Jeong
- Aug 11, 2017
Get your tickets here for this once in a lifetime, world-premiere event: www.greensborosymphony.org/
The internationally renowned Greensboro Symphony, (Music Director, Dmitry Sitkovetsky) launches their 58th season with an entirely new concept of experiencing classical music: Not So Classical - a hybrid film/live concert performance produced & directed by internationally acclaimed filmmaker David Donnelly. Greensboro native, Ken Jeong (star of The Hangover film trilogy and TV’s “Community”) will star in this world-premiere orchestral event at the historic Carolina Theatre on September 28 and 30 at 8PM. Not So Classical is presented as part of the Tanger Outlets Masterworks Series.
Through five film vignettes, Not So Classical will explore the human relationship with music and the impact it has throughout every phase of life. Footage includes interviews with dozens of Greensboro residents and will touch upon the life of Ken, his experience growing up in Greensboro and his background in music. The story will also follow Symphony musicians, including Music Director Dmitry Sitkovetsky, board members, community leaders, young professionals and more, in an exciting tale of Greensboro’s, and its Symphony’s, growth and transformation.
"When you listen to a piece of music that feels like it was written just for you, but was composed in a different time and place, it broadens your understanding of what it means to be human,” says Donnelly. For the uninitiated, the presentation of classical music can often prove challenging. “We are trying to change that, one person at a time," he says.
For this unique, world-premiere experience, GSO interweaves the video narrative with performances of four classical masterpieces: Franz Joseph Haydn’s Overture Lo special; W.A. Mozart’s Violin Concerto in G major; Frederic Chopin’s Prelude No. 15 for string orchestra in D flat major and Alexander Borodin’s Symphony No. 2. This 90-minute, no intermission performance will represent an unprecedented cinematic & musical experience for audiences, providing patrons a lens through which to view the music and a new way of understanding the classical repertoire. It is no coincidence this kind of visionary project coincides with the construction of the GSO’s soon-to-be new home: the $78 million Steven Tanger Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Greensboro.
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