DO THE TANGO AND GET ARRESTED (So said the Boston City Council in the early 1900's)
Three singers, one actor; a concert in thirds; featuring Tango by Robert Rodriguez; excerpts of Maria de Buenos Aires by Piazzolla; and the audience learns the tango with dance instructors. A concert of interactions and wild variety.
FROM LENNY TO MAESTRO
Begins with a Bernstein "rap", and covers the Waterfront, the Balcony Scene, a bad movie of some troubles in Tahiti, sections of Jeremiah Symphony, and excerpts from MASS: Two solo singers, and Two actors. Hot entertainment.
"Actors rise to the level of the composer's eloquence and outrage as the symphony portrays his struggles with Stalin". " Sidlin skillfully adapted the readings to incorporate musical examples from the 7th symphony, and from Bartok's Concerto for Orchestra......to bring out the agony of Shostakovich's oppressed creativity." The Oregonian
RUSSIAN DAVID, SOVIET GOLIATH
Two actors and video. When Shostakovich stood up to Stalin. The passion, terror and bravery behind the 5th symphony. The two enemies speak to the audience about each other, but never to each other. The double meaning of the symphony, and other pieces which explore the state of art and humanity in Russia in the 1930's. A breathtaking event.
SIGMUND FREUD AND THE DREAMS OF GUSTAV MAHLER
Three actors. Neurosis and music intertwine. Freud, Alma, and Gustav engage in intense revelations. The Mahler excerpts become clear and vibrant to a lay audience.
"Welcome to ILLUMINATIONS. Take a look around at my concert titles, and concepts and you will understand why audiences are intrigued, captivated, and magnetically drawn to these events. These presentations provide a vibrant and memorable context to place the listener at the music's edge. Every composition has an interesting history and connection to it's time and place. ILLUMINATIONS will reveal, and inform, and entertain, and at times really make you laugh. It's time to invite people to the concert hall, and the perfect invitation is ILLUMINATIONS."
CLASSICAL MUSIC ILLUMINATED
OTHER TITLES INCLUDE:
FILM-HARMONIC (Film set to Music)
FLAMENCO: THE DARKNESS AND THE PASSION (Video, Dancer, One singer, Guitarist)
CONDUCT BECOMING (What does all that flapping mean? Dialogue with the orchestra musicians)
GYPSY FIRE (Video, Hungarian/Gypsy ensemble with the orchestra)
LE JAZZ HOT (Video, 17 member jazz band; the Europeans explore jazz from the 1920's through the 1950's)
DID YOU HEAR THE ONE ABOUT... (In other words, can classical music be funny? Video)
WAR AND THE 20TH CENTURY (Excerpts from Britten's "War Requiem", Gorecki's 3rd Symphony, Tippitt's "A Child of Our Time" and Bernstein's "Mass"
THE 60'S; AMERICA PROTESTS
CAN A SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA EXPLODE? (Finale, Saint-Saens' Symphony #3)
I GOT THE BLUES, I GOT THE BLUES REAL BAD
HANDEL WITH CARE; THE INSIDER'S MESSIAH
THE ANATOMY OF THE 5TH
THE ANATOMY OF THE 9TH
POSTCARD FROM THE EARTH; VOYAGER REMEMBERED;
The space ship voyager and the music from earth all recreated. Video of Carl Sagan explaining the mission. Conductor Sidlin served on the committee with Sagan to select the music that is on the Voyager. What was selected, and why, and what was rejected? Sagan's mission as well as NASA's.
BEWARE THE IVES OF MARCHES
America's musical enigma, and the culture he notated. His humor, his story telling, his sensitivity to all nature, and his high step marches, reels, hymn tunes, parlor songs, and musical games. The 2nd symphony is taken completely apart, and you won't believe what we will find.
Aspen Music Festival 2005: John Rubenstein (Stalin), Murry Sidlin (conductor/writer), Michael York (Shostakovich) after performance of Russian David-Soviet Goliath received thumbs up from Actor Jack Nicholson, and comment of 'Ingenious' from Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.
SHADOWS AND VOICES; THE LAST DAYS OF TCHAIKOWSKY
Three actors; the story inside the 6th symphony; his poetic depth and masterful musical vision explored and exposed. A remarkable dramatic event in the first half, followed by a complete performance of the 6th symphony.
AARON COPLAND'S AMERICA
Two actors, video. Murry Sidlin performs folk music at the piano used in many compositions; Martha Graham dances on video to the final orchestra moments of Appalachian Spring; actors depict the appearance of Copland before the McCarthy hearings. From America's nature, to the nature of America, Aaron Copland's America.
Founder and President of The Defiant Requiem Foundation
Creator of Illuminations Concerts
THE FANTASTIQUE M. BERLIOZ
One of the great musical psychotics in all of music exposes the complexities of his life and times. Chorus, one actor, baritone and tenor soloists
6 WAYS TO MAKE IT UP AS YOU GO ALONG
A Jazz trio; all about improvisation, but not only Jazz improvisation: cadenzas, figured bass, and "chance" music
Murry Sidlin has displayed great imagination in bringing classical music to a wider audience. As a veteran conductor, educator, and speaker, he has devised ILLUMINATIONS, concert dramas that engage the concertgoer by presenting music in a dramatic historical context. He created the ILLUMINATIONS series (originally called “Nerve Endings”) while at the Oregon Symphony. For eight years, the innovative concerts, designed to attract new audiences and to expand the traditional role of the symphony orchestra, were the most written about, controversial and consistently well-attended events in the symphony’s history.
Why is innovative programming so important? Murry Sidlin says, “We have to create in the concert hall a compelling environment where something is being explored and created before the eyes and ears of our audience that is so magnetic and satisfying and enriching to one’s life, that audiences feel they need to experience it. That is something only a live performance can offer and accomplish.”
Below please find a list of some of the ILLUMINATIONS concerts. All concerts written, narrated and conducted by Murry Sidlin and performed with various orchestras in the country.
Please contact Murry Sidlin for more information on any of these concerts.
THE SOCIOLOGY OF OCTOBER 10, 1935
Five solo singers, and chorus. This concert always brings down the house, and "illuminates" the many events surrounding the first year of Porgy, the exceptional episodes of the tours, and even what happened when it was performed right in front of the Nazis. Entertainment, great music, and information new to almost everyone.
“Oregon Symphony Captures Berlioz’s Power - Through letters and narration written by Murry Sidlin, the actors dramatized Berlioz’s neurotic obsessions.” “Sidlin and the Oregon Symphony really got inside the music” The Oregonian
"Back in June we performed with the Oregon Symphony under the direction of Murry Sidlin. Not only is Maestro Sidlin a fine conductor, he is a creative educator of the first rank. He examined the ways improvisation had been used in European classical music, and compared that to the ways we use the process in Jazz. The concert was presented in a most imaginative way. Sidlin guided the audience through the ways composers have used cadenzas, and other devices to give instrumentalists and singers the opportunity to add their own creativity to the music being performed." From BILLY TAYLOR'S SOUNDPOST