The Performing Arts Center presents Peter Schickele and his alter ego P.D.Q. Bach in The Jekyll and Hyde Tour on March 4 at 8 p.m. in Hodgson Hall.
Composer, musician, author, satirist: Peter Schickele is internationally recognized as one of the most versatile artists in music. His works-now well in excess of 100 for symphony orchestras, choral groups, chamber ensembles, movies and television-have given him “a leading role in the ever-more-prominent school of American composers who unselfconsciously blend all levels of American music,” according to John Rockwell, music critic for the New York Times.
In his well-known other role as perpetrator of the oeuvre of the now-classic P.D.Q. Bach, Peter Schickele is acknowledged as one of the great satirists of the 20th century. According to Robert Marsh of the Chicago Sun-Times, the incarnation of fabled genius P.D.Q. Bach is “the greatest comedy-in-music act before the public today.” WUGA-FM listeners will know Schickele from Schickele Mix, his weekly hour-long music show that airs on Thursdays at 11 a.m.
P.D.Q. Bach and Peter Schickele are accompanied on The Jekyll and Hyde Tour by soprano Michèle Eaton and tenor David Düsing. The program will feature such P.D.Q. Bach classics as “Gretchen am Spincycle,” “Shepherd on the Rocks, with a Twist,” and excerpts from the Little Notebook for “Piggy” Bach, including “Dance of the Various Body Parts.”
A free, pre-concert lecture will be given by Lisa Bartholow, a professor of music at Clayton College and State University. The lecture begins 45 minutes before the performance.