INDUSTRY

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Machine |məˈSHēn| an apparatus using or applying mechanical power and having several parts, each with a definite function and together performing a particular task.

Be it the production of cars, toys, or textiles, every industrial plant has a series of contraptions, gadgets, and tools working together to manufacture a commodity. William Bolcom's "Machine" and an original work by Don Barrett supervise a factory floor where loyal machinists report to the assembly line to get the job done.

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THE ELEMENTS OF FENG SHUI

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Feng Shui |ˈfəNG ˈSHwē, -SHwā| (in Chinese thought) a system of laws considered to govern spatial arrangement and orientation in relation to the flow of energy.

Some say "pseudo-science", others claim it a necessity that binds the universe. In this spirited pursuit of balancing life's forces, Feng Shui and harmony go hand in hand. Here the creative cycle is explored to musically manifest wood, fire, earth, metal and water. All elements lead us to an outcome that lies somewhere between mystical and rational.

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TO WALK A MILE IN MY SHOES

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Empathy |ˈempəTHē| The ability to understand and share the feelings of another.

Perspective is often elusive. The works of Satie, Ravel and Shostakovich complement an original piece by Don Barrett to support the belief that one person should not judge another without first trying to see and feel things from their point of view.

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ELEVATION

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Pinnacle |ˈpinək(ə)l| the most successful point; the culmination.

Elevation is defined as the measurement of height above a fixed reference point. But the word can also be used to describe an emotional state or heightened sense of spirit. In this lofty production, daring melodies and uplifting phrases are stacked in ways that evoke the many rises and falls of reaching life's crowning glory.

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SUPERNOVA

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Magnitude |ˈmaɡnəˌt(y)o͞od| the great size or extent of something; the degree of brightness of a star.

A star's life begins amidst turmoil and disruption, and for it to shine it must release an immense amount of energy to find its luminous home in the constellation. This transformation begins in darkness and must confront the turmoil of the universe before the star can finally show its light.

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MURMURATION

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Swarm |swôrm| move somewhere in large numbers.

Flocks of Starlings like to captivate with their high-flying behaviors. Graceful twirling, spiraling and shapeshifting create a mysterious and mesmerizing synchronicity that serves as a reminder to all sky gazers of the limitless forms and unearthly power of nature.

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THE BRIDGE

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Justice |ˈjəstəs| just behavior or treatment: a concern for justice, peace, and genuine respect for people.

In 1965, the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama became the landmark of a divided nation. Fifty years later, Lonnie Rashid Lynn Jr. said that the spirit of the bridge transforms race, gender, religion, sexual orientation and social status. In this production, the transformation of the traditional "We Shall Overcome" aims to connect every person who takes a stand for freedom and dreams of better lives for all human beings.

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THE LONG ROAD HOME

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Quest |kwest| a long or arduous search for something.

The iconic "Bring Him Home" by Claude Michel Schoenberg is used as a guiding light in this apocalyptic and unconventional production where a small boy's journey home is engulfed by ominous, threatening, and confrontational musical themes and polyphonies.

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DARKNESS AWAITS

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Gloaming |ˈɡlōmiNG| twilight; dusk.

The idea of darkness as a character is used to illustrate the many different auras of nighttime. Each incarnation of night, from its fluid arrival to its affinity for the supernatural and unrestrained, is musically presented as the character transforms throughout the show.

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STATUESQUE

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Earthly |ˈərTHlē| of or relating to the earth or human life on the earth.

Imagine a garden where beautiful statues are awakened by musical themes. And as they come to life and carry on with the human observers, an affair of the heart ensues. While their fate is a return to stillness, the music evolves through the statues' mortal moments of play, romance and fear.

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BEDOUIN ADVENTURE

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Dogged |ˈdôɡəd| having or showing tenacity and grim persistence: success required dogged determination.

For the Bedouins, loyalties are based on the proximity of kinship, and these nomadic and wandering tribes command a journey through a desert both peaceful and tumultuous. Seeking refuge from the rains or fertile lands to cultivate, generations maintained an honor code imperishable by the higher forces in their paths.

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THE WARRIOR

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Luminary |ˈlo͞oməˌnerē| a person who inspires or influences others, especially one prominent in a particular sphere.

A Native American nation bands together to define a path for their newborn Warrior.  Tribal rhythms and ceremonious harmonies champion the fearless melodies that personify the chosen one and his rise to eminence.

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MY FATHER, MY FRIEND

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Parallel |ˈperəˌlel| occurring or existing at the same time or in a similar way; corresponding.

Inspired by themes from "Dance With My Father" by Luther Vandross and Richard Marx, this sentimental tribute explores the essential influence a father holds with his children. Contemporary musical treatments surround a common thread that demonstrates the power of admiration, memories and emulation.   

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THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT

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Repercussion |ˌrēpərˈkəSHənˌrepərˈkəSHən| an unintended consequence occurring some time after an event or action; an echo or reverberation.

Alex Wurman's evocative flute melody from The March of the Penguins is used as a centerpiece in this stylized display of chaos and splendor. Bold themes, a rigorous pace and electronic effects shed a perilous light on the idea that a butterfly flapping its wings in one part of the world truly can cause a hurricane in another part of the world. 

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MUSIC IN MOTION

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Versatile |ˈvərsədl| changeable; inconstant.

This infectious gem follows a patchwork of irresistible themes as they continually transform and reshape through various musical styles and interpretations. It's like a musical form of "Where's Waldo" that undoubtedly sparks the whistling effect.

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SIMPLE GIFTS

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Conviction |kənˈvikSH(ə)n| a firmly held belief or opinion.

Optimism reigns supreme in this spirited production where the traditional "Simple Gifts" melody is re-shaped and updated with a 21st Century tip of the hat to Elder Joseph Bracket. 

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THE SORCERER AND THE SWAN

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Grace |ɡrās| simple elegance or refinement of movement.

The only thing that can battle evil is true love in this reinvention of Swan Lake. As surreal transformations occur, the embodiment of the music is both disturbed and elegant with a cinematic approach that concludes with Tchaikovsky's main theme in its fullest form.

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FANDANGOLERO

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Bedrock |ˈbedˌräk| the fundamental principles on which something is based.

Themes from Maurice Ravel's "Bolero" are transmogrified in this hybrid production. The prelude sets the stage for a traditional presentation of the main Bolero theme but soon reshapes into a fresh and contemporary display of newfound melodies and rhythms. The spirit of the Fandango is at the heart of this show and Ravel's passion is never too far removed.

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LOCOMOTION

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Choo-choo |ˈCHo͞o ˌCHo͞o| a child's word for a railroad train or locomotive, especially a steam engine.

Old fashioned train travel is explored in this poignant collection of scenes where the journey home, the warm welcome at the station, and the ultimate departure combine to reflect those sentimental moments of simpler times. 

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A THIN BETWEEN LOVE AND HATE

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Synergy |ˈsinərjē| the interaction or cooperation of two or more organizations, substances, or other agents to produce a combined effect greater than the sum of their separate effects.

How do the emotions of Love and Hate truly differ? Both come from very passionate places and in this production love themes communicate innocently and honestly with a need to be a part of someone or something. On the other side, hate themes are boastful and mocking and bent on shunning all offers of courtship. Once the Thin Line is shattered, an optimistic light shines on the path to recognition and compromise.

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FORCES OF GRAVITY

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Idiosyncrasy |ˌidēəˈsiNGkrəsē| a mode of behavior or way of thought peculiar to an individual; a distinctive or peculiar feature or characteristic of a place or thing.

The effect of the earth's gravitational pull is used as a metaphor to champion individuality and personal identity in this poignant production where Sara Bareilles' "Gravity" helps inspire an elevated journey to the path of non-conformity.

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EX UMBRA IN LUCEM

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Revelation |ˌrevəˈlāSH(ə)n| the divine or supernatural disclosure to humans of something relating to human existence or the world.

Eric Whitacre's "Lux Aurumque" radiates as the recurring theme that lures performers "from the shadows and into the light". Similar to its companion Indoor Percussion piece "Let There Be Light", the music transforms as the journey from dense and gloomy to shiny and beaming creates a new sense of optimism for all to witness.

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THE PRAYER

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Reparation |ˌrepəˈrāSH(ə)n| the action of repairing something.

Music, like prayer, sometimes shoulders the responsibility of healing life's most painful wounds. Along with selections from Jonathon Elias' "The Prayer Cycle", this hybrid production beams with an irresistible sense of positive energy and unguarded promise.

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A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A KNIGHT

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Legend |ˈlejənd| a traditional story sometimes popularly regarded as historical but unauthenticated.

This heroic and grand production reflects on the day the legendary King Arthur, as a boy, pulled the fabled Excalibur from the stone and became the divine and true King. Prokofiev's "Dance Of The Knights" and Justin Hayward's "Nights In White Satin" lend a strong hand in illustrating the consequences of the young King's newfound prominence.

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LIFE IN A NEW WORLD

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Transmutation |ˌtran(t)smyo͞oˈtāSHənˌtranzmyo͞oˈtāSHən| the action of changing or the state of being changed into another form.

A new world is discovered and inhabited in this hybrid production where Dvorak's themes serve as nostalgiac reminders of the explorers' previous expedition. Just when musical phrases spark memories and provide comfort with familiarity, they reshape and reveal just how different this contemporary Mundus Novus truly is.

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THE TABLES ARE TURNED

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Duel |ˈd(y)o͞oəl| a contest arranged between two people in order to settle a point of honor.

On the surface, an old fashioned "street standoff" between two sides is illustrated in this collection of unexpected musical ideas. What lies beneath, however, is The Game, the ultimate authority over the feuding parties. The Game, portrayed as a mysterious waltz, is the relentless driving force in this production and the opponents are undeniably controlled by it. Musical divisions fade in time as this cinematic display sees the rivals unite in order to achieve final domination.  

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