Saturday, July 4, 2015

Bang on a Train

Bang on a Can is starting its own marching band, and Friday they march into Philadelphia. Actually, they take the train down from New York (where they're in the middle of a five-night run at Lincoln Center) to play a few sets in 30th Street Station's north waiting room. The 12-member band, called Asphalt Orchestra, will choose from works by Stew and Heidi Rodewald, Goran Bregovic, Mingus, Zappa and Bjork. The music starts at 11:45 a.m.

Bang on a Train

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Bang on a Can is starting its own marching band, and Friday they march into Philadelphia. Actually, they take the train down from New York (where they're in the middle of a five-night run at Lincoln Center) to play a few sets in 30th Street Station's north waiting room. The 12-member band, called Asphalt Orchestra, will choose from works by Stew and Heidi Rodewald, Goran Bregovic, Mingus, Zappa and Bjork. The music starts at 11:45 a.m.

Why Philadelphia? Why 30th Street Station?

This, via a publicist, from Bill Bragin, director of public programming at Lincoln Center:

"A primary part of Bang on a Can's vision for Asphalt Orchestra and this
terrific new partnership with Lincoln Center is the idea of bringing
innovative music to unsuspecting, "accidental" audiences, to people that
might not otherwise encounter it.

"Amtrak is a travel partner of the Lincoln Center Out of Doors festival, so
they have facilitated the transportation for the artists, and given the
proximity of Philadelphia to NY, it is very easy for Philadelphians to take
advantage of Amtrak's convenient downtown-to-downtown service and affordable
fares for an excursion to Lincoln Center's free Out of Doors festival, where
Asphalt Orchestra makes its world debut this week.

"Lincoln Center Out of Doors is also bringing up Philadelphia-based hip-hop
artist Brandon "Peace" Albright, of Illstyle & Peace productions, to lead
our cipher for Hip Hop Generation Next, so there's
a nice NY-Philly exchange happening this week."

Maybe for their next Philadelphia promotion they can play Offenbach in front of the Rodin Museum and call it Bang on a Can Can. Sorry.

Inquirer Classical Music Critic
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Peter Dobrin is a classical music critic and culture writer for The Inquirer. Since 1989, he has written music reviews, features, news and commentary for the paper, covering such topics as the Philadelphia Museum of Art at the Venice Biennale, expansion of the Curtis Institute of Music, the Philadelphia Orchestra's bankruptcy declaration in 2011, Philadelphia's evolving performing arts center and the general health of arts and culture.

Dobrin was a French horn player. He earned an undergraduate degree in performance from the University of Miami, and received a master's degree in music criticism from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, where he studied with Elliott Galkin. He has no time to practice today.

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