SMSO Presents From Ragtime to Rock ‘n Roll

SMSO Presents From Ragtime to Rock ‘n Roll

Sunday, March 24, 2019 @ 2:00pm

Acorn Theater, 107 Generation Drive, Three Oaks, MI

https://smso.org/Concerts/Acorn/Acorn2.html

 

The Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra announces its second concert of its new SMSO Presents series, “From Ragtime to Rock ‘n Roll,” March 24, 2019 at 2:00pm at the Acorn Theater in Three Oaks, MI.

 

The concert showcases the talents of composer/pianist/silent film accompanist/educator Dr. Larry Schanker in the intimate environment of the Acorn Theater. For the March 24 performance, Dr. Schanker will share a mixture of original music and eclectic arrangements of pop, jazz, ragtime and rock ‘n roll music reflective of his 35 years of theater, film, dance, and concert hall expertise.

 

The Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra holds high regard for Dr. Schanker and has previously commissioned two pieces from him, Fantasia for Drumline and Orchestra, which featured the Benton Harbor High School Drumline and the Benton Harbor Boys and Girls Club Drumline and Concerto for Jazz Piano, which premiered in 2011 with the composer at the piano.  His theatrical credits include copious work at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, running the gamut from Shakespeare to Chekhov.  Schanker has also worked in Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York with The Second City.

 

As an avid silent film accompanist, Larry has performed at the Sounds of Silents Film Festival in Three Oaks, MI, the DeBartolo Center in South Bend, IN, and the Indiana University Cinema in Bloomington, IN.  The University of Notre Dame commissioned his original score, written for piano and harp, for the silent film version of Peter Pan.

 

The SMSO Presents series showcases solo artists and small ensembles in hour-long programming on Sunday afternoons. Light snacks are included in the ticket price and a cash bar is available at the venue. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased  by visiting www.smso.org, at the Acorn Theater website www.acorntheater.org, or at the door.

 

Event details are as follows:

WHAT: SMSO Presents “From Ragtime to Rock ‘n Roll”

WHO: The Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra

WHERE: The Acorn Theater, 107 Generation Drive, Three Oaks, MI 49128

WHEN: 2:00pm, Sunday, March 24, 2019

TICKETS$25 general admission, availableat www.smso.org, www.acorntheater.org or at the door

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For press inquiries, please contact Larry Schanker at <larry@brookviewschool.org>

 

Larry Schanker Biography

Larry Schanker has been writing music for theatre, film, dance, and the concert hall for almost 35 years.  The Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra commissioned his Fantasia for Drumline and Orchestra, which featured the Benton Harbor High School Drumline and the Benton Harbor Boys and Girls Club Drumline.  Previously, the SMSO commissioned Schanker's Concerto for Jazz Piano, which premiered in 2011 with the composer at the piano.  His theatrical credits include a great deal of work at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, and run the gamut from Shakespeare to Chekhov.  Schanker has also worked in Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York with The Second City.

 

Larry is an avid Silent Film Accompanist, having performed at the Sounds of Silents Film Festival in Three Oaks, MI, the DeBartolo Center in South Bend, IN, and the Indiana University Cinema in Bloomington, IN.  The University of Notre Dame commissioned his original score, written for piano and harp, for the silent film version of Peter Pan.  Each year, he performs a weekend of Silent Films for the Coastline Children’s Film Festival, coming up in March.

 

Larry’s other passion is Montessori education.  He is currently Executive Director at Brookview Montessori School in Benton Harbor, Michigan, where he has taught music for the past 20 years.  He is also a teacher trainer for the Institute for Montessori Innovation at Westminster College in Salt Lake City and at the Teacher Education Program of Shanghai.

 

Dr. Schanker holds a Bachelors and Masters Degree from Northwestern and a PhD in Music Composition from The University of Chicago.

 

About the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra

The SMSO has been an integral part of the cultural fabric of our community since 1951. We strive to cultivate and inspire a diverse audience through professional musical experiences. We embrace the responsibility to be a dynamic and vibrant part of southwest Michigan by offering innovative programming, broader venues and increased educational opportunities, while balancing artistic growth with financial soundness. Your participation and support is vital to our mission of Transforming Lives Through Music.




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