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Brian Setzer Orchestra Transforms Classical Melodies Into Rock & Roll

August 20th, 2007 3:33pm EDT favorite Add to My News
Brian SetzerBrian Setzer has made a career of bucking trends, going against the grain, ignoring popular culture, discarding rational thought, and, all the while, blowing people away. In a pop music era dominated by twenty-something contest winners and angst-ridden suburban kids, his latest project couldn't be any further removed from the mainstream. Recording centuries-old music with his 18-piece Rockin' Big Band and enlisting the help of a long-retired octogenarian, Setzer has achieved what is surely his finest musical hour with his upcoming Surfdog Records release, Wolfgang's Big Night Out.

Indeed, a most unlikely concept has resulted in his most profound work yet. Reaching back 300 years, Brian has taken on the daunting task of reinventing and revitalizing the world's greatest melodies of all time. We're talkin' Mozart.... Beethoven.... Tchaikovsky.... Mendelssohn...... all the greats. It's one thing to do straight versions of these timeless classics, staying true to the original arrangements, but that would be too easy. The challenge proved to be in taking these melodies that everybody on the planet is intimately familiar with, coming up with completely new parts, add a smokin' hot guitar, and pray that it all makes sense!

This winter Brian and his Orchestra will take these songs on the road as they embark on their sixth annual Christmas Extravaganza tour.

Wolfgang's Big Night Out Tracklist:
01.) Take The 5th (An Adaptation Of Beethoven's "Symphony No. 5")
02.) One More Night With You (An Adaptation Of Grieg's "Hall Of The Mountain King")
03.) Wolfgang's Big Night Out (An Adaptation Of Mozart's "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik")
04.) Honey Man (An Adaptation Of Rimsky-Korsakov's "Flight Of The Bumblebee")
05.) Yes We Can Can (An Adaptation Of Offenbach's "The Can Can")
06.) Swingin' Willie (An Adaptation Of Rossini's "William Tell Overture")
07.) Sabre Dance (Khachaturian)
08.) For Lisa (An Adaptation Of Beethoven's "Fur Elise")
09.) Here Comes The Broad (An Adaptation Of Wagner's "Lohengrin" And Mendelssohn's "A Midsummer Night's Dream")
10.) 1812 Overdrive (An Adaptation Of Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture")
11.) Some River In Europe (An Adaptation Of Strauss' "Blue Danube")
12.) Take A Break Guys (An Adaptation Of "God Rest Ye Merrry Gentlemen")

Brian Setzer Orchestra Tour Dates
11-17 Verona, New York - Turning Stone Casino
11-18 Easton, Pennsylvania - State theater
11-20 Red Bank, New Jersey - Count Basie theater
11-21 New York, New York - Beacon theater
11-23 Boston, Massachusetts - Orpheum theater
11-24 Westbury, New York - North Fork theater
11-29 Glenside, Pennsylvania - Keswick theater
11-30 Mashantucket, Connecticut - Foxwoods Casino
12-01 Mashantucket, Connecticut - Foxwoods Casino
12-03 Oneida, Wisconsin - Oneida Casino
12-04 Milwaukee, Wisconsin - Potawatomi Casino
12-05 Milwaukee, Wisconsin - Potawatomi Casino
12-07 Detroit, Michigan - Fillmore Detroit (Formerly The State theater)
12-08 Petoskey, Michigan - Odawa Casino Resort
12-09 Aurora, Illinois - Paramount theater
12-11 Denver, Colorado - Fillmore Auditorium
12-12 Alburquerque, New Mexico - Isleta Casino Showroom
12-14 Mesa, Arizona - Mesa Arts Center
12-16 Coachella, California - Spotlight Casino
12-18 Santa Rosa, California- Wells Fargo Center For The Arts
12-19 Santa Rosa, California - Wells Fargo Center For The Arts
12-21 Universal City, California - Gibson Amphitheater
12-23 Las Vegas, Nevada - Joint at the Hard Rock
12-27 Santa Ynez, California - Chumash Casino
12-28 Fresno, California - Table Mountain Casino
12-29 Oakland, California - Paramount theater

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