The Radiophonic Fantasies

Presented by New Hazlett Theater 2013/2014 CSA Performance Series
April 19, 2014

The Radiophonic Fantasies of the Eclectic Laboratory Chamber Orchestra
Featuring Geneviève Grenier 

Pittsburgh-based ELCO transcends the boundaries of genre with their grassroots interpretations of pop, rock, and classical music.  In April, ELCO performs new works by composers Alan Tormey and David Gerard Matthews, written specifically for a rare and exotic instrument – the Ondes Martenot. For this program, ELCO will collaborate with the renowned Québec-based ondes Martenot player Geneviève Grenier, one of about a dozen musicians in the world skilled with this exotic instrument.

The program includes new works by ELCO composers Alan Tormey and David Gerard Matthews, as well as selections from Messiaen’s Turangalila Symphony and works by the French-Canadian composer Claude Vivier and the Czech-French composer Bohuslav Martinu. Once again erasing distinctions of genre, ELCO will also incorporate their signature orchestral transcriptions of pop and rock songs, including songs by Air, Stereolab, and Radiohead.

View this video on Vimeo for timed stamped questions.

Eclectic Laboratory Chamber Orchestra

As a grassroots ensemble performing new music, new interpretations of the standard classical repertoire, and transcriptions of pop and rock music, the Pittsburgh-based Eclectic Laboratory Chamber Orchestra (ELCO) is dedicated to transcending boundaries of genre and engaging new audiences. ELCO frequently collaborates with artists from a diverse range of disciplines and often incorporates electronics alongside orchestral and standard rock instrumentation.

Visit the ELCO website for more information about the group.


Photography: Renee Rosensteel; Video: Jeremy Fleishman

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