Cam­bridge host­ings ‘Nutcracker’ show

Dorchester Star - - REGIONAL -

CAM­BRIDGE — Dread­ing an­other sea­son of canned Christ­mas mu­sic? Fear not. In­spired by gen­rebend­ing artists like Chris Thile and The Pi­ano Guys, Front Porch Orches­tra has four re­main­ing Del­mar­vaarea per­for­mances of their crown jewel: 17 move­ments of Py­tor Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Bal­let” played bar-for-bar on banjo, vi­o­lin, vi­ola, two gui­tars, string bass and per­cus­sion. In lieu of dancers, the mu­sic is ac­com­pa­nied by a frumpy nar­ra­tor telling a satir­i­cal ren­di­tion of the ETA Hoff­man story in bits be­tween each move­ment.

“Blue­grass Nutcracker” per­for­mance will be at 8 p.m. Fri­day, Dec. 21, at The 447 in Cam­bridge.

This con­cert is un­like any other per­for­mance of clas­si­cal mu­sic. The ar­range­ments re­tain the dy­nam­ics, coun­ter­melodies and nu­ance that make it a bril­liant com­po­si­tion, while fram­ing it in a way that keeps the av­er­age mu­sic-lis­tener tuned in. Stu­dio record­ings can be streamed via front­por­chorches­tra.band­camp. com.

Front Porch Orches­tra formed in early 2017 in Eas­ton. Af­ter re­fin­ing their sound for al­most two years and giv­ing suc­cess­ful lo­cal con­certs, they will for the first time share their mu­sic out­side of Mary­land’s MidShore.

For all in­quiries, con­tact Ray via [email protected] gmail.com.

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