THE HIVE

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Queen Bee |ˌkwēn ˈbē| The single reproductive female in a hive or colony of honeybees.

Mussorgsky and Rimsky-Korsakov meet The Black Eyed Peas in this sweet golden tribute to the Mother of all bees. Here the classic Flight of the Bumblebee swarms in new ways as the new Queen dominates and reigns supreme until she "Feels the city breakin' and everybody shakin'".

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ART POP AT AN EXHIBITION

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Exposition |ˌekspəˈziSH(ə)n| a large public exhibition of art or trade goods.

Modest Mussorgsky's Pictures At An Exhibition gets a reverent makeover in this colorful manifestation where the beautiful paintings of Viktor Hartmann are re-imagined as pieces of Pop Art that provoke a newfangled musical interpretation.  

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ROCKED OUT

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Burst |bərst| an instance of breaking or splitting as a result of internal pressure or puncturing; an explosion.

Orchestral classics burst at the seams and become their own rock and roll counterparts in this heavy mix of great works by Beethoven, Mozart, Grieg, Vivaldi, Strauss, Mussorgsky, and more.

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THIS IS NOT A TEST

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Order |ˈôrdər| the arrangement or disposition of people or things in relation to each other according to a particular sequence, pattern, or method.

Orwell warned the world that something like this could happen. An unknown entity takes command of everything seen and heard while an ominous voice narrates every aspect of the experience. Reminiscent of the old television show "The Outer Limits", the mysterious forces govern visual elements, adjust volume, and manipulate focus until all devices are finally returned to the user's control.

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BATTER UP

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Pastime |ˈpasˌtīm| an activity that someone does regularly for enjoyment rather than work; a hobby.

A blustery umpire can be heard yelling out strikes, balls, and outs while two teams fight for the Pennant in one of America's favorite past times. From "play ball!" to a near dugout brawl, the game comes down to the bottom of the ninth, two outs and a runner in scoring position. It's a hit to center field, a long fly ball, going back, back, way back....

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FRIGHT NIGHT

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Ghastly |ˈɡas(t)lē| causing great horror or fear; frightful or macabre.

A seemingly normal night for a sleepy young character takes a turn as Brahms' "Lullaby" quickly disintegrates into darker themes that serve as a call to nefarious creatures of the night. Shakes and shivers abound as the character joins the mayhem and faces her fears until morning comes to the rescue. But was it all a dream?

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BEETHOVEN'S FIFTH (C)

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Ubiquitous |yo͞oˈbikwədəs| present, appearing, or found everywhere. 

Arguably the four most famous notes in music history are exploited in this delightfully uncommon treatment of Beethoven's classical masterpiece.

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BEETHOVEN'S FIFTH (M)

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Ubiquitous |yo͞oˈbikwədəs| present, appearing, or found everywhere. 

Arguably the four most famous notes in music history are exploited in this delightfully uncommon treatment of Beethoven's classical masterpiece. In this version, battery percussion is enlisted to put a forceful twist on the playful concert version listed above.

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79 A.D.

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Ruination |ˌro͞oəˈnāSHən| the state of being ruined.

It was business as usual for the villagers living among the Roman settlement of Pompeii until that earth-shaking moment when Mount Vesuvius violently erupted and forever sealed the fate of so many lives. In this production, blissful melodies are interrupted by suspenseful quakes until the historic event gives rise to a tragedy frozen in time.

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BALANCE

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Equilibrium |ˌēkwəˈlibrēəmˌekwəˈlibrēəm| a state in which opposing forces or influences are balanced.

The artful achievement of life's physical and emotional Balance is explored in this beatific and melodic workout where music and rhythm is used to illustrate weight, color and the swaying of opposite forces longing for a center of stability.

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A DAY IN THE LIFE OF B.D. CAMPBELL

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Unconventional |ˌənkənˈven(t)SH(ə)n(ə)l| not based on or conforming to what is generally done or believed.

A boy and his turntable are at the heart of this tribute to Grammy Award winner and all around master instrumentalist Beck. Inspired by a few of his rhythmic gems, the piece is an imaginary journey that takes place on a day when the future visionary could perhaps only daydream about a life filled with funk, soul, hip hop, punk and psychedelia.

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NOVA ZAGORA

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Invocation |ˌinvəˈkāSH(ə)n| the action of invoking something or someone for assistance or as an authority: the summoning of a deity or the supernatural.

Rhythmic chants and meditative melodies energize a mythical people in this engaging peek into an imaginary world of rituals and ceremonies.     

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THE FURIOUS PLACE OF THE BELLMAN'S CONCUSSION

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Farce |färs| a comic dramatic work using buffoonery and horseplay and typically including crude characterization and ludicrously improbable situations.

This quirky gem explores the imaginary world of the Bellman and his circadian escapades. Part slapstick, part spiritus, the music flaunts a relentless and animated fantasy worthy of a nod (or even a wink) from the likes of Terry Gilliam or Carl Stalling. 

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FUN-DA-METAL

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Metallic |məˈtalik| of, relating to, or resembling metal or metals.

The title says it all in this mettlesome production where the playground consists of anvils, propane tanks, thunder sheets, hubcap-o-phones and other objects that clank, rattle and roll.

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INTO THE UNKNOWN

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Spellbind |ˈspelbīnd| hold the complete attention of (someone) as though by magic; fascinate.

Passage to an enigmatic place allows the performers to wander through and investigate an undeveloped new world where the "Unknown" is both magnetic and captivating. But at its core lies its desire to subsume all visitors into an infinite and menacing new reality. 

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THE SINGULARITY

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Personification |pərˌsänəfəˈkāSH(ə)n| the attribution of a personal nature or human characteristics to something nonhuman, or the representation of an abstract quality in human form.

The Singularity is the theoretical moment when artificial intelligence develops beyond human levels. In this illustration, one mechanical droid yearns to behold only a single human emotion: love. His mission, dramatized by music that evolves from code-like to passionate, culminates in a moment of wonder and hope.   

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ORPHEUS

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Devotion |dəˈvōSH(ə)n| love, loyalty, or enthusiasm for a person, activity, or cause.

The story of Orpheus' untiring love for Eurydice is portrayed in this cinematic and adventurous creation. The underworld, his passion, and the heroic efforts that made him legend are musically embodied through meditative themes and pugnacious bouts of determination.   

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LET THERE BE LIGHT

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Exultation |ˌeksəlˈtāSH(ə)n | a feeling of triumphant elation or jubilation.

A mysterious and captivating light draws the performers out of the bleak darkness in this enchanting production. The music transforms the journey from dense and gloomy to shiny and beaming creating a new world of optimism for all to witness.

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SHATTERED

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Formation |fôrˈmāSH(ə)n| the action of forming or process of being formed.

A shattered mirror defines the set for this sharp and compelling presentation of metallic effects and reflective imagery. The music of Philip Glass creates the perfect atmosphere for the performers as they galvanize a reconstitution then ultimate re-demolition of the ubiquitous mirror.

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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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THE ABYSS

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Chasm |ˈkazəm| a deep fissure in the earth, rock, or another surface.

The lowest depths of the aquatic world are explored in this cavernous creation where layers of beauty only lead to darkness. This descending musical voyage with swampy themes ventures to find what lies beneath the lowest zone. But maybe it should forever lie undiscovered.

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HEADLINES

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Communiqué |kəˌmyo͞onəˈkākəˈmyo͞onəˌkā| an official announcement or statement, especially one made to the media.

The news dominates in this allegorical production of time-honored front-page banners and feature stories. What begins with a few simple clicks on a typewriter soon becomes an expose' of the lasting, and oftentimes staggering, effects of the widespread word.

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SYMPHONY FOR PERCUSSION NO. 1

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Robust |rōˈbəstˈ| strong and healthy; vigorous.

Elegant yet bare-knuckled themes are the centerpiece of this artistic showcase for symphonic percussion. The daring Allegro ignites, the graceful Adagio soothes, and the Finale looms large and swings heavy hammers in order to deliver a staggering and powerful conclusion.

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THE GRID

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Innovation |ˌinəˈvāSH(ə)n| the action or process of innovating a new method, idea, product, etc.

Power and electricity are the subjects of this charged production where circuit board imagery provides the stage for voltaic surges, dimming brownouts and the ultimate discovery of an alternative energy source: human will.   

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OUT OF THE DARKNESS

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Figment |ˈfiɡmənt| a thing that someone believes to be real but that exists only in their imagination.

The exposition of nocturnal beings is illuminated in this shadowy presentation of dark and brooding themes. The creatures' emergence in the moon-filled night allows for a fleeting moment of enlightenment before the threatening rise of the morning sun.

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LUNATION

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Lunar |ˈlo͞onər| of, determined by, relating to, or resembling the moon.

Our moon's phases are more than just what we can see in the dark night's sky. Their mysterious effects on tides, our astronauts, and sometimes our moods here on Earth are explored in the three cycles of this galactic production.

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