Magic of Rhythm: A Family-Friendly Concert for Ages 5-105
(Violin, Percussion and Magic)
Sunday, April 26, 2015, 12:00 p.m.
City Winery Chicago
1200 W Randolph
Chicago, IL 60607
NOTE: Brunch is available for purchase starting at 11:00 a.m. and during the performance.
Percussionist-turned-wizard Michael Folker juxtaposes music with showstopping magical illusions in this performance of the Chicago Philharmonic Chamber Players (cp2). Violinist Daniela Folker and percussionists Joel Cohen and Christopher Folker join him in combining melody, rhythm, and exotic instruments from around the world in a one-of-a-kind afternoon your whole family is sure to enjoy. We begin with “The Stars and Stripes Forever,” perhaps the best-known work of John Philip Sousa, who earned himself the nickname “March King” for his military band compositions that are still favorites at patriotic occasions today. Russian composer Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky’s whimsical Nutcracker has been adapted by musicians, choreographers, and filmmakers for over a century. Here, two tunes from this holiday favorite – “Waltz of The Flowers” and “Arabian Dance” – get a special, magical twist. Two American contemporaries, Leroy Anderson and Aaron Copland, share the spotlight towards the end of the program. Our musicians explore the hip-moving musical phenomenon of syncopation with Anderson’s lighthearted The Syncopated Clock. To close, they perform Copland’s vivacious “Hoedown”, putting a worthy exclamation mark on this extraordinary afternoon.
The Drum Battle: Improvisation
Michael Folker and Joel Cohen
What Is A Percussionist And What Do We Do?
Audience Magical Warm Up
Michael’s Latest Invention
Let’s Talk About Rhythm
Instruments from South America
Alice Gomez: “The Cantina” from Scenes of Mexico
The Amazing Wonders of Africa
Time Signatures: How Composers Really Use Rhythm to Magically Make Us Move
John P. Sousa: Stars & Stripes Forever
Traditional French Folk Song: Frere Jacques
Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky: “Waltz of the Flowers” from The Nutcracker (A Magical Rendition)
Syncopation: How Composers Play Tricks on Musicians
Leroy Anderson: The Syncopated Clock
Tempo: A Magical, Rhythmical Journey
Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky: “Arabian Dance” from The Nutcracker (A Trip to Distant Lands)
Aaron Copland: “Hoedown” from Rodeo (A Fun & Magical Finale)
Michael Folker, Illusions, Percussion and Program Creator
Daniela Folker, Violin & Percussion
Christopher Folker, World Percussion
Joel Cohen, Vibraphone & Percussion Extraordinaire