Move over Beethoven: it's WACO
20 musicians. One composer. 4 months to create, a year to rehearse, and one night of performance.
Friday November 18, WACO will premiere Steve Gregoropoulos' Symphony #1. What does Steve have in common with (pictured) Beethoven? Well, they both write symphonies, they both have wild hair, and, um, they both write symphonies. Actually, Steve has only written one so far (hence the name, Symphony #1) but he tells LAist "Now I guess I gotta write Symphony #2 so I don’t look like an idiot!"
Joining the regular avant-pop orchestra of Los Angeles' WACO are musicians who've performed with Arthur Lee, Carla Bozulich, Listing Ship and more. On stage you'll see at least one bassoon, clarinet, violin, viola, oboe, flute, drum set and keyboard. Imagine getting it all into a practice space. It's pretty phenomenal.
Before the symphony starts there will be two openers: an original piece by Kraig Grady and Claire McKeown doing something opera-y, quite possibly by Arnold Schoenberg.
WACO was the LA Weekly's Best Uncategorizable Artist three years ago. The category is still in flux, but WACO will be plunging into clasicalish symphonyspace this Friday, at Barnsdall Art Park Theater in Los Feliz. Tickets are $10.