The Garden of Earthly Delights
Salem Concert Band with Rainbow Dance Theatre
John Skelton, Conductor
Sunday, January 28, 2018 3 pm
Central High School
Expect an exotic feast of the senses when Rainbow Dance Theatre joins Salem Concert Band for a performance of The Garden of Earthly Delights by Leroy Osmon. This dramatic new work was inspired by the painting by Hieronymus Bosch created between 1490 and 1510. This performance will be staged in the Central High School Auditorium. Don’t miss this dramatic music with stunning choreography and dance.
On January 28 at 3:00 p.m. at Central High School in Independence, Salem Concert Band and Rainbow Dance Theatre will perform a ballet inspired by the 1504 painting by Hieronymus Bosch, The Garden of Earthly Delights. The eponymous painting is a triptych, a work of art that is divided into three sections that are hinged together and can be folded shut or displayed open.
The ballet consists of an Introduction, three Acts (each having four Scenes) and an Interlude to Act 3. The Introduction, inspired by the face piece of the Bosch painting (viewable when the triptych is closed) depicts the creation story. Act I depicts the Garden of Eden (the left panel), Act II depicts The Garden of Earthly Delights (the center panel) and Act III depicts Hell (the right panel).
Composer Leroy Osmon’s ballet for wind band and dance artists was first performed in Mexico in 2006 and received its U.S. premiere on July 15, 2015, at the World Association for Symphonic Band Ensembles Conference in San Jose, California. His dramatic music is a primal response to the images of the Bosch painting. The work has been likened to Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring in its innovative scoring and impulsive rhythms, all tailored to evoke everything from the Creation story to Bosch’s depiction of Hell.
Choreographers Valerie Bergman, Darryl Thomas and Kristi Lauren have consistently produced some of the most innovative and creative dance works in the medium. Their never-before-seen realization of The Garden of Earthly Delights promises to be an extraordinary experience. The masterful, artistic dancers of Rainbow Dance Theatre are well-suited to bring this work to life on the stage.
Rainbow Dance Theatre consistently delights audiences of all ages with what has been described by Sheryl Dare, Honolulu Advertiser, as “pull-out-the-stops celebration of … dancing that pays homage to world dance and music influences.” For this show, John Skelton will unleash the full power of the Salem Concert Band, creating atmospheric sounds and colors with wind instruments and percussion that many in the audience will have never experienced before. This performance will be held in the magnificent auditorium at Central High School, which is best suited for this show since the band and dancers will be sharing the stage.
The Salem Concert Band has been recognized for artistic achievements by the Oregon Arts Commission, supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. They introduce challenging new literature to their audiences.
John Skelton, the Salem Concert Band conductor, encourages you not to miss this dynamic performance. “The music by Leroy Osmon, the performance by Salem Concert Band and the dance of Rainbow Dance Theatre will provide you with an unforgettable afternoon. Their collaboration will bring the mystery, humor and power of one of history’s most notorious art works to life on the stage. This is a performance that must be experienced live and in person to fully appreciate its power.”
All seats for this concert are reserved seating. For best seat selection purchase your tickets now!
Central High School
1530 Monmouth Street
Independence, OR 97351
The Salem Concert Band receives support from the Oregon Arts Commission,
a state agency funded by the State of Oregon.