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Immerse yourself in the unexpected as we seamlessly blend music and visuals in this innovative concert! Three distinct works represent the ongoing, cutting-edge evolution of symphony music: Mason Bate’s Mothership (2011) features improvised solos and electronica, while Film Noir: Concerto for Electric Guitar and Orchestra (2023) features DJ Sparr‘s electrifying solos to deliver modern energy. Our performance of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition (1874) is accompanied by a visually stunning film. Produced at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, this acclaimed visual masterpiece, likened to Disney’s Fantasia, adds a unique layer to Mussorgsky’s timeless composition. Featuring a side-by-side performance with our Lake Michigan Youth Orchestra.

DJ Sparr, solo electric guitar
Lake Michigan Youth Orchestra

Adult – $40 Zone A | $24 Zone B
Youth* – $20 Zone A | $12 Zone B
Processing fees included in price.
*Youth – ages 6-17 years

Eligible Discounts
Child | 4UR Schools | Senior | Group

SAT. MAY 17, 2025

6:00 PM – Doors Open
6:30 PM – FREE Pre-Concert Conversation with Maestro Aubin (30 min)
7:30 PM – Concert (90 min)

Program Schedule

The mothership floats high above, an orchestra pulsing rapidly with a heart of techno. At several moments in the piece, various soloists dock with the mothership, dropping in with solos both virtuosic and lyrical. The work was commissioned by Michael Tilson Thomas and the YouTube Symphony, which premiered the work in March 2011 at the Sydney Opera House in Australia.

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“I ought to associate the sound of the electric guitar with rock, but I actually enjoy it most in the urban blues of the 40s, Brel ballads from the 50s, Les Paul’s sweet 60’s sound, 80s west coast minimalism, and film noir. Tangerine Dream’s wall of sound inspired the feel of Pacific Coast Highway, a rondo in which a finger-picking ostinato alternates with…

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Pictures at an Exhibition is a musical depiction of a tour of an exhibition of works by architect and painter Viktor Hartmann put on at the Imperial Academy of Arts in Saint Petersburg, following his sudden death in the previous year. Each movement of the suite is based on an individual work, some of which are lost. The composition has become a showpiece for virtuoso pianists, and became widely known from orchestrations and arrangements produced by other composers and contemporary musicians…

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