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Symphony 1: Fantastic Beats (and where to find them)

Symphony 1: Fantastic Beats (and where to find them)
Saturday, October 5, 7:30 pm
WK Kellogg Auditorium
Jordan Hamilton, cello

Let your imagination take flight during Fantastic Beats, a concert inspired by music from symphonic fantasy, television, movies, and video games. The audience will recognize compositions from Lord of the Rings, How to Train Your Dragon, Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, The Legend of Zelda, and more. This high-energy performance artfully illustrates the longstanding connection between the fantasy genre and classical music. Cosplay is encouraged for this performance so long as costumes allow everyone to enjoy the concert, and a costume contest will be held during intermission. The immersive concert will have you enjoying your favorite fantasy stories in a whole new way.

  • The concept of Symphonic Fantasy goes way back to the 1800's. We'll be presenting some of the iconic titles that started off the rage.
  • Dress up if you want! There will be costume parade, contest, and prizes for the winners.
  • There's still time to lobby for your favorite fantasy piece - post on the Music Center's Facebook Page,
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Sym 3 Guest Artist Jordan Hamilton

Meet the Artist

Cellist and vocalist Jordan Hamilton is a mix of mastery and maverick musicality; hip-hop influenced, rhythmically layered, melodically robust. Avant garde, folk-soul music, a key to navigate space, time, and change, gracefully, for those who use it. Driven by diversity, drawn to the cello’s tone, cosmic strings calling souls home. “Plucking, sawing, pounding and caressing the cello to extract sometimes other-worldly sounds; melding live looping with classical music interludes, hip hop, and jazz.” (John Sinkevics, Local Spins.) Shared truth, delivered and triggered by melodies, experienced as one, emanating from a deep, russet realm. Genres groomed together to represent and inquire the soul. A different kind of symphony, hopeful enough to grow our empathy, “part political activism, part hopefulness, part performance art, part soundscapes, and all entirely mesmerizing.” (John Sinkevics, Local Spins) Emotional energy crafted from integrity, immaterial and immortal, experienced at the speed of sound, with a bit of bounce, groove by the ounce, and all the jump you’ll need to move.

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