Classical Music, Visual Arts + Museums

Butler ArtsFest: Stark Raving

When: Thu., April 16, 7 p.m. 2015

A program of three recent pieces for solo vocalist and chamber ensemble that promises to “push the boundaries of art and sanity.” One is a world premiere: Butler professor Michael Schelle’s The End of Al Capone, commissioned by Butler ArtsFest and performed by Stephen Stolen. The other two — Eight Songs for a Mad King and Miss Donnithorne’s Maggot — are by Peter Maxwell Davies. Eight Songs is quite the trip: Inspired by George III’s attempt to teach his flock of pet bullfinches to sing using a music box, it’s typically staged with the string and woodwind sections performing inside large cages.

Price: $15-25

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