Orion Weiss And Salzburg Marionette Theater Perform In Los Alamos

Pianist Orion Weiss with marionette friend. Courtesy photo

LACA News:

A unique collaboration between a stellar pianist and a world renowned marionette theatre will take place at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1 at Smith Auditorium.

Pianist Orion Weiss will perform works by Schumann and Debussy with the Salzburg Marionette Theater providing a magical visualization of the stories suggested by the music.

“This performance is a piano recital enhanced by the artistry of the Marionettes,” LACA Artistic Director Ann McLaughlin said. “Adults should not imagine that this is fare with appeal only for children. And parents can use this as a perfect opportunity to introduce their young folks to “grown up” music. We expect this performance to be sold out, so we recommend getting your tickets early.”

The performance in Los Alamos represents a departure for the Salzburg Marionette Theatre. Noted for fully staged productions of complete operas, this program turns instead to ballet. Two short ballets will be featured: Claude Debussy’s La Boite a Joujoux (The Toy Box )and Papillon (Butterflies) by Robert Schumann. Between the two ballets, Weiss will perform additional works by Schumann, Blumenstuck from Op.19 and Novelette from Opus 21

The program will run about 95 minutes including an intermission.

Weiss made his New York debut in 2005 after winning Juilliard’s prestigious William Petschek Award which supports the debut performances of young artists. A recipient of the Gilmore Young Artist Award and an Avery Fisher Career Grant, Mr. Weiss has performed with all the major American orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony, Boston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and New York Philharmonic and has toured Israel with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Itzhak Perlman. An avid chamber musician, he is a favorite at festivals nationwide.

The Salzburg Marionette Theater celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2013. One of the last remaining full-time professional marionette troups in Europe, it has attracted millions to its home theatre in Austria and has undertaken hundreds of tours worldwide. The art of the Salzburg Marionette Theater is based on the tradition of creating lifelike figures on the stage, giving the audience the illusion of watching real people.

Tickets are available at CB FOX, Smith’s in Los Alamos and White Rock, at the Lensic box office in Santa Fe, electronically through the LACA web site and at the door. Young people ages 6 through 18 are always admitted free to LACA events. Children under age 6 will not be admitted. Complete artist, venue and ticket information is available at www.losalamosconcert.org.