TWO SHOWS—Sunday, June 1 at 1:30 PM and 4:00 PM
PHILADELPHIA, PA—Relâche, Philadelphia's internationally-renowned new music ensemble, concludes its "New Sounds and Cinema" series on Sunday, June 1, with two performances of "Scott's Penguin and Hitchcock's Lodger," 1:30 pm and again at 4:00 pm, at the Penn Museum, 3260 South Street on the University of Pennsylvania campus. Performances are held in the Museum's newly renovated Widener Hall.
Relâche concert tickets are just $15 ($10 for Museum members), in advance or at the door, and $10 for Penn students with PennCard, at the door. A ticket may be used to enter and explore the Museum's international galleries anytime after 3:00 pm on the day of the concert. June 1 tickets may be purchased online (penn.museum/calendar) or at the concert, while supplies last.
Joby Talbott's 1999 score is performed live to accompany Hitchcock's 1926 silent film, The Lodger, a Story of the London Fog. It was Hitchcock's first big cinematic success and the most enduring example of his work in the silent genre. Talbott is perhaps best known for his score to the Disney film, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005). The composer sets out his Lodger score in nine movements, giving the music its own formal and expressive identity. Another interesting choice Talbott made: the murder victims' screams occur in absolute silence, the better for the audience to hear them in imagination. An exception is the very last murder, which becomes Talbott's musical climax. The score exists in several orchestrations; Philadelphia musician Darin Kelly made an octet arrangement especially for Relâche.
Scott's The Penguin
As an offbeat overture to the film, Relâche's octet of woodwinds, strings, keyboard, and percussion perform The Penguin by 20th century composer and jazzman, Raymond Scott. Scott would compose by dictating each musician's part in rehearsal without the convenience of paper and pencil. Relâche's arranger Darin Kelly provided the company with printed scores, though in some cases Kelly could only ascertain the right notes to put down by listening to Scott's own recordings. The Penguin is part of Relâche's new CD release Comix Trips, available for purchase at the performances.
These performances conclude this season's popular three-concert series, "New Sounds and Cinema," featuring both commissioned music and live accompaniment to old silent films presented at the Penn Museum. The series is part of the University of Pennsylvania's Year of Sound.
Relâche is a new music ensemble that for over thirty years has maintained an international reputation as a leader in commissioning and performing the innovative music of our time. Relâche has a unique sound—flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, viola, piano, bass and percussion, and performs works that are neither classical, nor popular, but somewhere in between—a melding of Western classical traditions with jazz, rock, electronica, world music, and more.
Among the oldest continuously operating, non-profit organizations and chamber ensembles dedicated to contemporary music in the United States, Relâche has consistently offered world-class performances and presentations of music by leading American and international composers and artists. To date, Relâche has performed more than 600 concerts in the Greater Philadelphia area, around the country and the globe, including residency, festival and touring appearances in South America, Japan, and Eastern and Western Europe. The Ensemble boasts a touring-ready repertoire of over 50 pieces and a repertory library of over 400 works. Relâche commissions include works by Robert Ashley, Kitty Brazelton, John Cage, Uri Caine, Fred Frith, Kyle Gann, Philip Glass, Fred Ho, Michael Nyman, Pauline Oliveros, Bobby Previte, George Russell, Somei Satoh, and Lois V Vierk. Relâche has released seven CD's to date, from Relâche on Edge (1991), to Comix Trips (2014).
The Penn Museum (the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology) is dedicated to the study and understanding of human history and diversity. Founded in 1887, the Museum has sent more than 300 archaeological and anthropological expeditions to all the inhabited continents of the world. With an active exhibition schedule and educational programming for children and adults, the Museum offers the public an opportunity to share in the ongoing discovery of humankind's collective heritage.
The Penn Museum is located at 3260 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (on Penn's campus, across from Franklin Field). Public transportation to the Museum is available via SEPTA's Regional Rail Line at University City Station; the Market-Frankford Subway Line at 34th Street Station; trolley routes 11, 13, 34, and 36; and bus routes 21, 30, 40, and 42. Museum hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, and first Wednesdays of each month until 8:00 pm. Open select holiday Mondays. Admission donation is $15 for adults; $13 for senior citizens (65 and above); free for U.S. Military; $10 for children (6-17) and full-time students with ID; free to Members, PennCard holders, and children 5 and younger.
Hot and cold meals and light refreshments are offered to visitors with or without Museum admission in The Pepper Mill Café; the Museum Shop and Pyramid Shop for Children offer a wide selection of gifts, books, games, clothing and jewelry. Penn Museum can be found on the web at www.penn.museum. For general information call 215.898.4000. For group tour information call 215.746.8183.
Photos: Relâche accompanying Hitchcock's 1926 silent classic film The Lodger. Below: Relâche performing on the newly renovated Widener Hall stage at the Penn Museum.