The Nocturne Project

The Nocturne Project

By Heath Perkin - Media Relations

 

 

 

On March 24th, the AbilenePhilharmonic is embarking upon a new educational project to enhance theirregular season programming. The Abilene Philharmonic prepares a never beforeseen in this area project to showcase the tremendous talent found on theirstage by initiating a new series of chamber concerts that will not havea conductor. The Nocturne Project forces musicians towork together, listen more intently all the while challenging them to workbetter as an ensemble. The concert begins at 7:30PMand will be performed in the intimate atmosphere of Abilene ChristianUniversity’s Williams Performing Arts Center-Recital Hall. Audience members arewelcome to join a reception that follows the concert. Since this project is thefirst of its kind in this area, the Abilene Philharmonic is excited to be ableto present this kind of musical learning experience to Abilene. {{more}} Modeled after New York City’sconductor-less series first seen at the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the AbilenePhilharmonic’s Nocturne Project is a way to break down the “wall” between thesymphony and the audience. The Abilene Philharmonic desires to take out theintimidation factor of going to a symphonic concert, as well as create a moreintimate learning environment for all of their patrons. To put people more atease, musicians will talk before each piece about why they like the music andwhat it means to them. Working without a conductorwill not only force musicians to develop their own interpretations of themusic, but allow them to take ownership of their creative performances andinterpretations. The Nocturne Project has the potential to help audiences, aswell as members, develop a wider appreciation for symphonic works by allowingthe members and audience to work simultaneously to create a new and innovativemusical experience. Tickets are $15 and areavailable by calling the Philharmonic box office at 325-677-6710. Funding for TheNocturne Project is provided by the Dodge Jones Foundation, the OwensFoundation, and the Shelton Family Foundation. In its 61styear, the Abilene Philharmonic Orchestra is one of Abilene’s oldest performingarts organizations. Led by Music Director and Conductor David Itkin, thePhilharmonic is the only professional orchestra within 80 miles of Abilene anddraws audiences from more than 50 Texas cities. The Philharmonic providesopportunities for the public to enjoy excellence in symphonic performance byoffering musical diversity and innovative educational programs in order toenrich the quality of life in our community. Information concerning the AbilenePhilharmonic’s 2011 program and donor opportunities may be found by visiting www.abilenephilharmonic.org.