Futuristic Bach Quartet Rocks USAO Dec. 10
The innovative and eclectic classic/jazz quartet Bach to the Future comes to Chickasha Dec. 10 at 7:30 p.m. in Te Ata Auditorium on the USAO campus.
Bach to the Future is the second performance of the ninth season of the Davis Waldorf Performing Arts Series at USAO. Tickets are available at the USAO Business Office, 1727 W. Alabama, or by calling 405-574-1213. Tickets also can be purchased online at /dwpas
Bach to the Future fuses traditional, classical pieces with modern jazz influences to create “new” old favorites. Using modern electronic instruments including the drumitar, MIDI electric violin and synthesizers, they transform famous classical melodies of Bach and other composers into jazz, Latin and other contemporary rhythms and styles.
Quirky and energetic, the self-proclaimed “Bach that rocks” ensemble sheds a contemporary light on classic Bach favorites like “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” and “Air on the G String.” Calling on world music influences, the jazz combo often mimics cultural music themes, such as Greek and West African rhythms.
The quartet also performs selections by other classical composers, such as J.S. Bach’s son, Carl Phillip Emanuel Bach. Their rendition of his “Solfeggietto” tips a nod to jazz piano legend Chick Corea.
So far, Bach to the Future has sold more than 100,000 albums on its own label, Time Machine Records, and have shared the stage with the likes of David Sanborn, Peter Cincotti, the Rippingtons, Eric Marienthal, Al DiMeola, Stanley Jordan, David Benoit, Michael Franks and the Yellowjackets.
Bach to the Future also performs regularly as the house band on the WB Network’s “The Fan Show.”
In addition to concert performances, the quartet leads guest master classes and music education clinics. A special daytime workshop for USAO students is scheduled Dec. 10.
More information about the band is available online at http://www.bachtothefuture.net or at /dwpas
Tickets for the concert are $10 for the general public, $8 for seniors 60 and above, $3 for high school students and children under 18, $5 for USAO staff or faculty and $2 for USAO students.
The Davis-Waldorf Performing Arts Series is supported by Mid-America Arts Alliance with generous underwriting by the National Endowment for the Arts, Oklahoma Arts Council, the Kirkpatrick Family Fund, the USAO Foundation and foundations, corporations and individuals throughout Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas.