From the very beginning of the show, you know that you're in for something completely different. The music begins and sets the mood, then the reading takes its turn and the listener is not impatient for one or the other - it is an equal sharing of the dramatic delights of words and sound.
This is the most important part of the process. The writer of the script and the music programmer get together and decide what music is to back up a dramatic segment of the show. Sometimes it's not what you expect it to be! The music puts the emotional "spin" to the actors interpretation.
OUR STORY! In the spring of 2002 a group of international master-level musicians committed to making music in South Dakota began performing programs that combined interesting stories with original, never before heard arrangements of the world’s greatest ensemble music.
“It is amazing how much of our best music lends itself to storytelling. In fact, it is storytelling. This year I was reading a new translation of Andersen’s fairy tales. I remembered my grandmother telling me some of these stories when I was a child in Poland, but I hadn’t yet read them as an adult. I was amazed at how great they were for grown up people, too. I started to imagine an evening full of the same weird beauty and strangeness that I was picking up from the tales...
My name is Magdalena...
"Tales from the Arabian Nights"
• Brookings Public Library, Brookings, SD., April 12th at 7 pm.
• 1st Congregational Church, Sioux Falls, SD., April 15th at 3 pm.
• Rapid City Public Library, Rapid City, SD, August 19th at TBA
• 1st Presbeterian Church, Sioux City, IA, September 9th, time TBA
The concept of the show is an old one: a melodrama or “melody drama,” in which music and words take equal part in the presentation. The lights come up on the actor who begins the story and then the lights go up on the music which follows the situation and adds to its drama!
"Strange Magic... Tales from the Arabian Nights" is a delightful reworking of the ancient stories. Genii's and carpets come alive in this visit to old Persia. With exciting new percussion and exotic sounds from our guest musicians, the music sets the stage for the turbened teller of tales, and Alladin, Ali Baba and others weave the tapestry of their homeland.
"In a faraway land, beneath a dry and beautiful mountain, there was a kingdom ruled by a mostly wise king. He was known for his wisdom in every way except fatherhood—at that he would be the first to admit failure, for his sons were the scourge of the city."
— from Tales of the Arabian Nights