Christopher Dragon, conductor
Jeffrey Biegel, piano
Program featuring PDQ BACH Concerto for Simply Grand Piano and Orchestra
Our comedy and classical fusion returns this fall with a special presentation featuring The Second City! “The Second City Guide to the Symphony” is a blend of original sketch comedy, new music and songs by Matthew Reid, and orchestral works by masters of classical music – including Mozart, Mahler, and Glinka. The show is a humorous celebration of the symphony orchestra, taking a satirical but loving look at the players, the repertoire, the composers, the personalities, and even the audience!
The Second City is the world's premier comedy theatre and improv school. Recognized as the incubator of some of the best-known comedic talent in North America, including Martin Short, Tina Fey, John Candy, Stephen Colbert, Catherine O’Hara, Mike Myers, Andrea Martin – too many to list in this space.
"…a magical experience, a work of sheer beauty and bliss for anyone who appreciates both art forms" —Digital Journal
""...a brilliantly written, skillfully staged and impeccably performed piece of musical theatre." —Toronto Star
Preview a sneak peek here:
Try a New Angle This Season!
Put yourself face-to-face with Associate Conductor Christopher Dragon with seats in the Dragon Pit! (Parquet on seating chart) This is a unique opportunity to view the conductor and orchestra from an entirely new angle. Sit in the Dragon Pit with tickets starting at just $20!
NOTE: During these performances you may not have full sight lines of featured artists at the front of stage.
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Why some our very own think you should see this performance!
Leah Kovach - Viola
"Love the comedy and classical music combination, I think it’s great fun for the audience and orchestra alike- forces us all a bit out of our comfort zones! Especially after we had such a blast with Igudesman and Joo, I’m excited to welcome Second City and play music of one the great classical comedians, PDQ Bach!"
Jason Lichtenwalter - English Horn and Oboe
"At the end of each year, the undergrad school I attended had a roast called Mock Students. Students and faculty crowded into one of the school's concert halls after finals to enjoy a "performance" of over-the-top comedic skits about our music school and the profession.
I remember laughing hysterically at a skit involving one of my professors, only to realize she was sitting directly behind me."
Susan Rockey Bowles - Cello
"This will be fun - humorous and clever."
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