by Mike Telin
Since May of 2008, the Cleveland-based FiveOne Experimental Orchestra (51XO)
has presented concerts featuring an eclectic mix of repertoire that bridges the gap between pop and art music at out of the ordinary venues such as the Sculpture Garden and the East Cleveland Cemetery. On Saturday, September 26 at 8:00 pm, 51XO will push the envelope of unusual venues even further with their latest program, “Dream House,” a guided labyrinth of solo works performed by the ensemble’s eight members throughout the two floors of Cleveland’s premier retro vintage shop, Flower Child, located at 11508 Clifton Boulevard.
“This is going to be a cool concert,” 51XO’s executive director Jeremy Allen said enthusiastically during a telephone conversation. “We’re asking people to arrive at 8:00 pm and spend the first half hour exploring the space. I’ve talked to a lot of people who know where it is but have never been inside, so we want to give everyone a chance to get a feel for the space, and do some shopping if they want to.”
Once the music begins, the eight musicians will perform in two shifts — four performances will take place simultaneously in different locations in the store. “It will be a progressive concert, and each audience member will choose where they want to begin. After the piece is completed, each of the four audience groups will rotate to the next soloist in a predetermined direction so that people don’t run into each other,” Allen explained. “All of the pieces are of equal length — eight and half to nine minutes. Performing them in this manner will give listeners a good sense of the piece because they can hear it from close proximity.”
During the concert listeners will able to access program notes via the 51XO website. “There will be cards next to each soloist with a QR code that people can scan with their smartphones if they want to read more about the piece they are hearing.” Read the entire article on ClevelandClassical.com