American Composers Forum Presents:
FIREWORKS in "Cartoon"
Wednesday, September 27, 8:00pm, $10
At The Patricia M. Sitar Center for the Arts,
1700 Kalorama Road, NW Suite 101
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The Washington DC Chapter of the American Composers Forum presents the new music ensemble Fireworks in "Cartoon": music and video created for and inspired by shorts from the golden age of animation, including a new work by DC composer Maurice Saylor at the Patricia M. Sitar Center on September 27.
Taking as its starting point the animated shorts produced by Warner Bros in the 1940s and 50s, Fireworks explores the wonderful and zany world of cartoon music in its return to the Sitar Center. The program spotlights the talents of Carl Stalling, the Warner Bros. composer responsible for the music behind the well-known high jinks of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and Porky Pig. Fireworks will perform Stalling's scores as a live soundtrack to two classic cartoon shorts, "There They Go-Go-Go!", featuring the Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote, and "Baton Bunny", featuring none other than Bugs himself, guest-conducting the ensemble.
Another highlight of the program is the premiere of a new version for Fireworks of Washington DC composer Maurice Saylor's delightful score for the 1928 Charlie Bowers silent film, "There It Is!" The film features one of the first attempts at stop motion animation, the Bowers technique, and has to be seen to be believed.
The concert also features a set of pieces by maverick jazz composer Raymond Scott. Though Scott never wrote a note for cartoons in his life, his melodies are as instantly recognizable today as classic cartoon themes. Scott sold his catalogue to Warner Bros. in the 40s, and its composers peppered Scott's tunes so thoroughly throughout countless classic cartoons, that Scott's music is now virtually synonymous with cartoon music. Fireworks will perform several of Scott's most famous pieces in their original jazz-ensemble form.
Also on the program are a collection of pieces by younger composers, inspired by cartoons. Works include Brian Coughlin's "Cartoon/Funky", John Adam's "Roadrunner", and the premiere of a new work by New York City composer Robert Paterson, appropriately titled "Looney Tunes".
The New Music Salon series creates a space for composers, performers, and audiences to meet, share new work, and build connections. Meet the composers in our midst and find out where music is heading tomorrow. Stay for post-show refreshments and meet the movers and shakers in DC's new music scene.
ACF-DC has been sponsoring composer residencies with community groups and presenting new music in DC since 1997, and is always looking for new ways to break down barriers between artists, new music, and audiences.
The Patricia M. Sitar Center for the Arts provides after-school arts education in music, dance, drama, creative writing, and visual arts to low-income youth in the Adams Morgan neighborhood of Washington, D.C.
Official Website: http://www.composersforum.org/dc
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