On Behalf of a Madman
Grand Harmonie at the Sommerville Armory
Arts at the Armory
191 Highland Avenue
Somerville, MA, 02143 United States
Conducted by Geoff McDonald
Taking cues from the news, Grand Harmonie, in collaboration with music director Geoff McDonald, stage director Julia Mintzer, and visual artist Charles Ogilvie, will premiere a brand-new staged production drawing on themes of lies, deceit, and scandal that feel as if they’ve been ripped from today’s headlines. Opera arrangements for winds were the populist entertainment of the 19th century - the rich had their opera houses, while the common people bootlegged the music and learned the hit tunes from traveling Harmonie bands. At once contemporary and historical, this pastiche opera will feature music from Mozart, Beethoven, Rossini, and Weber in rarely-performed period arrangements and new arrangements in period style by Yoni Kahn and Thomas Carroll. Make sure to witness this first-hand, because you can’t believe everything you hear.