Curator Melissa Wolfe talks about the inspiration we can all take away from the Columbus Museum of Arts newest exhibition showcasing the work of home town hero George Bellows. George Bellows and the American Experience through January 4, 2014. This exhibition follows on the heels of a major retrospective of the artist organized by the [...]
Composer Michael Daugherty Channels Elvis Presley
I came across a media story regarding Elvis Week, which gets underway this Saturday, August 8th, in Memphis.
We happen to haveÂ two recordings in our library of a work by composer Michael Daugherty called “Dead Elvis.” Being trained as a bassoonist, I was drawn to the work like a candlefly to the light, for it features the bassoonist dressed as Elvis.
Yes, it’s true! I witnessed it several years ago when The Absolute Ensemble performed it, and their bassoonist had a grand time running around and posturing while playing from memory.
I found a performance of the work so you can get a sense of what Elvis would look like playing the bassoon.Â In the right setting, it’s a lot of fun to watch.