Come laugh and be captivated by the “discovered works” of P.D.Q. Bach, a fictional composer invented and performed by musical satirist “Professor” Peter Schickele at the sixth performance of the 27th Outer Banks Forum performing arts series, Sat., March 27 at 7:30 p.m., according to Eddie Cooke, president of the Outer Banks Forum for the Lively Arts. All programs will be held at the First Flight High School in Kill Devil Hills.
“Revel in an evening of humor and music with the tireless “Professor” who has kept audiences in stitches with his presentation of P.D.Q. Bach’s uniquely typical music since 1965,” said Cooke. “The four-time Grammy award winner’s show has been called ‘the greatest comedy-in-music act before the public today’. “
In addition to his annual concerts in New York City, he has appeared with over 50 orchestras, ranging from the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, the London Sym-phony Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic to the New York Pick-Up Ensemble; and his self-contained show The Intimate P.D.Q. Bach (featuring the Semi-Pro Musica Antiqua) has played cities and campuses from Maine to California.
Vanguard has released 11 albums of the fabled genius’s works; Random House has published 11 editions of The Definitive Biography of P.D.Q. Bach ; Theodore Presser Company has printed innumerable scores; and P.D.Q. Bach’s only full-length opera, The Abduction of Figaro, is now available on DVD (Video Artists International). That all of this adds up to “the greatest comedy-in-music act before the public today” (Robert Marsh, Chicago Sun Times) is underscored by the four consecutive Grammy awards earned by his Telarc discs, P.D.Q. Bach: 1712 Overture and Other Musical Assaults, Oedipus Tex and Other Choral Calamities, WTWP—Classical Talkity-Talk Radio, and Music for an Awful Lot of Winds and Percussion, winners in the Best Comedy Album category each year from 1990 through 1993, respectively. His subsequent P.D.Q. Bach albums on Telarc are Two Pianos are Better Than One, with Jon Kimura Parker and the Professor playing the Concerto for Two Pianos vs. Orchestra, also featuring some chamber works by the minimeister; The Short-Tempered Clavier and Other Dysfunctional Works for Keyboard, featuring works for piano, theatre organ and calliope. A CD of P.D.Q. Bach and Peter Schickele: The Jekyll and Hyde Tour was released on Telarc in 2007.
In addition to touring, he continues to present both old and new discoveries of P.D.Q. Bach’s music in New York City, recently with the New York Philharmonic. Prof. Schickele is currently touring with his close acquaintance Peter Schickele in two new programs, P.D.Q. Bach: The Vegas Years and P.D.Q. Bach and Peter Schickele: The Jekyll and Hyde Tour. In 1998, Telarc released a new recording of P.D.Q. Bach’s music called The Ill-Conceived P.D.Q. Bach Anthology.” Vanguard has issued its own compilation on CD, The Dreaded P.D.Q. Bach Collection.
P.D.Q. Bach – The Jekyll and Hyde Tour’s performance is sponsored by Albemarle Eye Center, Elizabeth R and Dare County Arts Council.
For more information about season tickets or individual tickets, call Julie Hamilton, 252-255-2274. To subscribe on line, visit outerbanksforum.org.
Saturday evening tickets will be available at the door: $25 per adult; $12 per student.
The Outer Banks Forum for the Performing Arts is a non-profit organization that brings an annual series of seven outstanding diverse concerts to the area and provides opportunities for youth to participate in the arts. All of the performances are partially underwritten by community businesses.