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Cirque des Voix®: The Music of Danny Elfman
March 23 7:30
March 24 2:00
March 25 5:00
The Circus Arts Conservatory Big Top at Nathan Benderson Park
This dynamic blended presentation of the musical and circus arts, unlike anything in the country, features the 100+ voices of Key Chorale, a full orchestra, and spellbinding circus acts. Best known for his work in collaboration with director Tim Burton, composer Danny Elfman created one of the most distinctive bodies of work in contemporary film music. His evocative music is showcased in this integrated homage to characters such as Batman, Beetlejuice, Spiderman, Edward Scissorhands, and even Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure.
Best known for his work in collaboration with director Tim Burton, composer Danny Elfman created one of the most distinctive bodies of work in contemporary film music, bringing his talents to a dark fantasy world populated by superheroes, monsters and memorable characters. In 1985 Elfman met fledgling filmmaker Burton; after collaborating on the score to the hit Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure, they reunited frequently in the years to come, with Elfman composing the music to later Burton projects including Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, Mars Attacks! and the Grammy-winning Batman. In 1993, he also scored the Burton-produced Nightmare Before Christmas, dubbing the vocals of the animated musical’s lead character Jack Skellington. Outside of Tim Burton’s sphere of influence, Elfman also scored a number of other features in the ’80s and ’90s, most of them strange fables such as Darkman, Dick Tracy, Army of Darkness and The Frighteners. His 1997 scores for the drama Good Will Hunting and that summer’s biggest box office hit, Men in Black, garnered his first Academy Award nominations. The new century brought continued professional accolades, among them new Burton collaborations. Another Academy Award nomination resulted from his work on Burton’s 2003 film Big Fish, and the two partnered for other projects including but not limited to 2005’s The Corpse Bride and 2010’s Alice in Wonderland. In the meantime, he released a symphony on Sony Classical in 2006 titled Serenada Schizophrana, and earned his fourth Academy Award nomination for Gus Van Sant’s Milk in 2009. His steady workload also included 2012’s Silver Linings Playbook, 2013’s American Hustle, and 2015’s genre-diverse Fifty Shades of Grey, Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Goosebumps. The 2016 sequel Alice Through the Looking Glass marked Elfman’s 17th Tim Burton feature. That year also saw Sony Classical release his original music for the ballet Rabbit & Rogue, which had premiered at the Metropolitan Opera House in 2008, as well as his score for the film thriller The Girl on the Train.
The Circus Arts Conservatory Big Top, Nathan Benderson Park
Cirque des Voix® Opening Night Party, Presented by Key Chorale
Sponsored by Capstan
Concert: Tomorrow’s Voices Today
Riverview Performing Arts Center
Come hear more than 200 voices as part of Key Chorale’s fifth annual collaboration with the Sarasota County School featuring Booker VPA, Riverview, and Sarasota High School choirs. Tomorrow’s Voices Today provides an opportunity for each school group to present their best work to a wider audience than would ordinarily be the case and will incorporate three compositions using all the school ensembles and the 100+ trained voices of Key Chorale.