Don Hart And Orchestra Nashville Debut “Time Turns Elastic” At September
27th Season Opener At Ryman Auditorium
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Trey Anastasio, Don
Hart And Orchestra Nashville Debut “Time Turns Elastic” At September 27th
Season Opener At Ryman Auditorium Co-composed By Anastasio And Hart, Time Turns Elastic Continues Orchestra
Nashville’s “Music Without Boundaries” Mission
Nashville, TN – On September 27, 2008,
Orchestra Nashville and
Trey Anastasio will give Time Turns Elastic its debut performance at the
orchestra’s 2008-2009 season opener at Nashville’s famed Ryman Auditorium.
Co-composed by Anastasio and Orchestra Nashville Composer-in-Residence Don
Hart (who also orchestrated the piece) and conducted by Music Director Paul
Gambill, Time Turns Elastic is a groundbreaking work for vocals, electric
guitar and orchestra.
Known for his role as Phish’s lead guitarist/frontman
and for his adventurous solo works, Anastasio first teamed with Hart and
Orchestra Nashville (then known as the Nashville Chamber Orchestra) for his
June 2004 performance at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival. Conducting them
through a special set of material from his album Seis De Mayo, they gave the
crowd of 80,000 rock fans a riveting introduction to “new classical” music.
Time Turns Elastic is the centerpiece of the writing Trey has been
doing over the past 18 months while he’s been off the road. With long,
orchestral passages intertwined with epic guitar lines and vocals, the piece
is in the vein of such classic Anastasio compositions as “Divided Sky,”
“Guyute” and “You Enjoy Myself.” For nearly a year, Hart, who also
collaborated on Anastasio’s 2006 album, Bar 17, commuted between his home in
Nashville to Saratoga, NY to work with Trey on Time Turns Elastic.
“I’ve never come close to the collaboration I’ve had with Don Hart,” says
Anastasio. “A lot of work done on this piece is conceptual conversations.
It’s a true collaboration.” Anastasio also realizes the value of Orchestra
Nashville’s instrumentation to tell a story and give Time Turns Elastic its
warranted weight. “The common ground is in the dream and the vision, all of
us are interested in getting beyond boundaries. Don and I talk about writing
emotional content, and there are certain emotions that can only be called
out of an orchestra.”
With Anastasio’s electric guitar at the forefront, Time Turns Elastic
pushes the limits of orchestral music and delivers a complete articulation
of Orchestra Nashville’s mission to integrate disparate musical styles that
challenge and inspire audiences. “Most of the time when people use an
electric instrument with an orchestra, they destroy the capability to
blend,” notes Anastasio.
“Our approach is to handle it as any other solo
orchestral instrument. I play at the volume of say, an oboe, so Don can
orchestrate around the guitar.”
That the premiere of this landmark project will be at the Ryman Auditorium,
the mother church of country music, seems unlikely on the surface, but makes
perfect sense when one considers Orchestra Nashville’s international
reputation for commissioning boundary-breaking, ear-bending music.
Saturday, September 27th, 2008
Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Avenue North
Nashville, TN 37219, Doors 7:30pm, Showtime: 8:00pm
Tickets go on sale Friday, July 25th at 10:00am (Central Time)
Tickets are $45.00, $35.00 and $25.00 Reserved Seating. This is an all ages
show. Tickets will be available at the Box Office, select TicketMaster
outlets, online at www.ticketmaster.com,
Tickets will be available through a real time presale beginning Friday, July
18th at 10:00am (Central Time) and ending Thursday, July 24th at 5:00pm
(Central Time) at http://treytickets.rlc.net
Venue website: http://www.ryman.com/