Wind Ensemble Performs Concert Version of Classic Musical

April 5, 2018

The Emory Wind Ensemble (EWE) presents a special “Broadway Concert” featuring a staged concert version of Richard Rodgers’s musical “No Strings,” Friday, April 27 at 8 p.m. in the Emerson Concert Hall of the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts.

The result of fifteen weeks of teaching, rehearsals, and production design, this concert presentation is a collaboration between EWE, Emory StageWorks, the Department of Theater and Dance, and Theater Emory. Atlanta theater veteran John Ammerman directs a cast of Emory students alongside musical direction by Bradly Howard and Patricia Dinkins-Matthews, with choreography by George Staib. Paul Bhasin conducts the Wind Ensemble.

“No Strings” is the bittersweet tale of Barbara, an American model living in Paris who falls in love with David, an American novelist suffering from writer’s block. After trying to restore his confidence, Barbara must choose between her Parisian lifestyle or returning to Maine with David. The couple parts with no strings attached.

“The challenge of adaptation was a significant task,” says Ammerman of the process of translating the full musical into a forty minute concert rendition. “We chose to select a series of songs that could run the arc of the story, while constructing narratives and pantomimic scenes to seal any gaps without the audience losing the plot.” The resulting adaptation contains a balance of song, dance and dialogue, enhanced by the complete Wind Ensemble.

Apart from the musical theater project, the program also features Sousa’s “Nobles of the Mystic Shrine,” “Profanation,” the second movement of Leonard Bernstein’s Symphony No. 1, and Percy Grainger’s masterwork for winds, “Lincolnshire Posy.”

“Our concert features the scope of our musical work at Emory,” says conductor Paul Bhasin, “from boundary-pushing special projects to the performance of emerging and classic works for winds.”

The concert is free and open to the public. No tickets are required. This event is co-sponsored by Theater Emory. For more information about this event and the Emory Wind Ensemble, visit arts.emory.edu. 

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