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comedy concertos

comedy concertos

Buster Maxxwell (aka Michael Jon) and Dan Kamin romped through many characters in their well-received "Comedy Concertos" for the Pittsburgh, Phoenix and Toledo Symphonies, plus Toledo Opera (1981 - 1990) — at Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts.


from russia, with love

"From Russia with Love" - an official Comedy Concerto with the Pittsburgh Symphony, which dramatized the dangers of evil Communist propaganda embedded in Russian music. Approved by the Iran-Contra Committee for the Performing Arts, Colonel Oliver North, Chairman. Performed at Pittsburgh's Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts.

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peter and the wolf

"Peter & the Wolf," a delightful, danceable Comedy Concerto with the Pittsburgh Symphony. Featuring the classic score from old Prokofiev, superb musicians who actually played their solos while acting their characters,  and the jaunty spunk of young Peter, the first flippant farmboy to ever utilize the mighty PSO as the backup jam band for a breakdance routine.


Carnival of the animals

“Carnival of the Animals” - A family "comedy concerto" commissioned by the Pittsburgh Symphony, based upon the classic Saint-Saens score. Premiere with Conductor Andrea Delfino; reprised with both The Phoenix and Toledo Symphony Orchestras (James Sedares, conductor - 10/8/88 & James Meena, music director - 2/25/90.

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