Mad King
4:00 PM16:00

Mad King

Sunday, December 16th @4pm
Big Medium

Purcell/Peter Maxwell Davies: Fantasia on a Ground and Two Pavans
Leonore d’Este: 3 Motets from Musica quinque vocum
                          Tribulationes civitatum audivimus
                          Hodie, Simon Petrus
                          Angustie mihi sunt undique
Peter Maxwell Davies: Tenebrae Super Gesualdo
Carlo Gesualdo: O vos omnes
Peter Maxwell Davies: Eight Songs for a Mad King

Density512’s Mad King weaves a tale of monarchy, madness, anachronism, and palace intrigue. Witness a head of state, King George III, train birds to sing and deteriorate into a disturbing state of insanity in Peter Maxwell Davies’s masterpiece of musical-monodrama Eight Songs for a Mad King. Discover the sweet counterpoint of Musica quince vocum attributed to the princess nun Leonore D’Este (1515-1575). Contemplate the connection with your darker self in Peter Maxwell Davies’s Tenabrae Super Gesualdo, an ode to the composer and Prince of Venosa who famously murdered his wife and her lover. Not for the faint of heart, Mad King is sure to be a thrill.

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Like a Religion
to Feb 24

Like a Religion

Thursday, February 21st @6:30pm
Sunday, February 24th @4:00pm

The Blanton Museum of Art

Igor Stravinsky: Symphonies of Wind Instruments
*Adeliia Faizullina/Akshaya Avril Tucker/Ben Stonaker: Symphony of Proverbs, part 1
Igor Stravinsky: Mass
Igor Stravinsky: Concerto for Piano and Winds
*Ben Stevenson:  oratorio commissioned by Density512

* denotes world premiere performance and Density512 commission

Inspired by Ellsworth Kelly’s newly implemented work, Austin, we present a concert on the boundaries of religion centered around a favorite of the Density512 team, Igor Stravinsky. This concert will juxtapose some of Stravinsky’s earlier work with his Catholic mass and four brand new Density512 commissions including a new oratorio by Ben Stevenson.

Local composers you may have heard on previous concerts make an appearance for a new project called Symphony of Proverbs from the mind of Executive Director, Nicholas Perry Clark. Over the course of four different commissioning projects, the goal of Symphony of Proverbs is to create a new large scale work through multiple composers highlighting our different ways of thinking. Three recent Butler School of Music graduates, Adeliia Faizullina, Akshaya Avril Tucker, and Ben Stonaker, will write short movements as the first installment.

Among other guests at the concert will be Ben Stevenson, another recent Butler School of Music graduate who will be writing a brand new oratorio for winds and choir discussing the impact his religious beliefs have had on him. Sasha Malikov, local pianist, also makes his soloist debut with Density512 playing Stravinsky’s Concerto for Piano and Winds.

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Silent Films Out Loud - Halloween Edition
7:00 PM19:00

Silent Films Out Loud - Halloween Edition

Hosted by Silent Films Out Loud
Orchestra provided by Density512
Thursday, November 1st @7pm
The Blanton Museum of Art

Be prepared to scream as Silent Films Out Loud makes its grand return for a triple feature of terror. Two horror classics of the silver screen - 1910’s Frankenstein and 1928’s The Fall of the House of Usher - along with the lightly frightful Buster Keaton short Haunted House will come alive thanks to new scores from Austin based composers Jackie Myers, Bob Hoffnar, Dave Biller and Jean Hasse.

The Haunted House (1921) directed by Buster Keaton and Edward Cline
Scored by Jackie Myers and Dave Biller

Buster the bank teller gets out of a sticky situation only to find himself in a house of horrors, chased by both police and counterfeiters, not to mention ghosts, headless ghouls, and the devil himself. 

Frankenstein (1910) directed and written by J. Searle Dawley
Scored by Bob Hoffnar

Frankenstein, a young medical student, trying to create the perfect human being, instead creates a misshapen monster. Made ill by what he has done, Frankenstein is comforted by his fiancée but on his wedding night he is visited by the monster. A fight ensues but the monster, seeing himself in a mirror, is horrified and runs away. He later returns, entering the new bride's room, and finds her alone.

The Fall of the House of Usher (1928) directed by James Sibley Watson, Jr.
Scored by Jean Hasse

American avant-garde cinema arose in the 1920s when inspired amateurs schooled in other arts turned to film. The Fall of the House of Usher is the most renowned and technically accomplished work of these pioneers.

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