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The Elsewhen Orchestra links you back to classical videogames

13 Jul 2017

written by Mailer-Daemon

The Elsewhen Orchestra performs July 29th at 7:00pm at the Davidson High School Auditorium.
Tickets are free, but seating is limited.
Mod Mobilian speaks with organizer Jonathan Reynolds,
So how did The Elsewhen Orchestra come together?
The Elsewhen Orchestra started as an idea that I had back around 2014 or so. I’ve always loved orchestral music but never had a chance to perform symphony orchestra repertoire. I started attended performances by the Mobile Symphony fairly regularly in recent years and that has really made me want to be able to perform in that kind of ensemble. I started do a bit of digging, and as far as I have been able to find, we don’t have any community orchestras in the Alabama Gulf Coast area. There are a few string orchestras like Bay Area Strings Community Orchestra, but not a full orchestra with a wind section.
I figured, there must be other people in the area who feel the same way and would be interested in forming one, so around November 2016 I started asking around and slowly built up a roster of musicians. The challenge in our area is finding string instrument players who have time or are willing to play on a volunteer basis, as we just don’t have many or very robust orchestra programs in our school system. We have more clarinet, saxophone, flute, trumpet, and trombone players than you can shake a stick at (that wasn’t a conductor joke, ok maybe it was). And that’s why we have such full and successful wind bands like The Mobile Symphonic Pops and The Baldwin Pops. But as the roster grew, connections were made through musicians that joined, and we were able to assemble a modest string section. My brother-in-law graciously agreed to conduct for us.
The other half of the vision I had for the orchestra was to bring music to people who may not necessarily be “classical music” fans. We already have an exceptional Symphony Orchestra with the MSO, so I wanted to tread into territories where they can’t always go.
Tell me about this performance.

The performance titled “Link to the Past” is a tribute to Koji Kondo, who has composed some of the most well known music around the world. He first made his mark with the music from Nintendo’s Super Mario Brothers and has since made countless memorable themes throughout his years of work on the Legend of Zelda series as well as other Nintendo titles. We will be featuring several arrangements from the Legend of Zelda since it lends itself so well to orchestral instrumentation. We will also be performing a selection from Super Mario Galaxy, which is the very first Mario game to use recorded orchestral music in the sound track. Koji Kondo has stated the Rachmaninoff Piano Concertos as one of his influences so we will begin the concert with the first movement of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2, featuring Daniel Driskell of Full Scale School of Music on Piano.

What do you see for the future of of Elsewhen 
What happens in the future is totally up to the members of the orchestra and the community.  If we have a good response to the concert, and the musicians want to keep it going, I’m considering forming a non-profit corporation to make it “official”. I’ve already got a few ideas for the next concert.
The performance is on July 29th at 7:00pm at the Davidson High School Auditorium,
Tickets are free, but seating is limited.
Family friendly cosplay is encouraged.

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