"Would you ever go up to a conductor after a concert and tell him or her that you hated a piece on the program? José Valencia, music director of Orkestra Projekt, says, “I want [the audience] to feel great joy, great emotion. If they want to dance around, that’s fine. That’s part of it. I want to know if they hate a piece of music. I would prefer they say SOMETHING, rather than ‘that’s nice.’ I want them to have a very strong reaction.”
This weekend’s Orkestra Projekt concert, entitled “Play Time,” includes P.D.Q. Bach (Never heard of this Bach? Afterwards you won’t be able to forget him.), Handel and Led Zeppelin — all designed to invoke a reaction.
At some point in the program, Valencia will turn and engage the audience about what is being heard. “We’re in the business of sharing what we have,” he says. “I think that’s what it really is. We do that throughout the whole development of Orkestra Projekt. The musicians are sharing with each other, we’re sharing with the audience and the audience is obviously sharing something with us because we get so much energy back from them. It’s really cool.”
Concerning the birth of the group, Valencia says he sought out a group of musicians who wanted to create a “different kind of experience.” Indeed, you have that with this group. In addition to interacting with this ensemble, you get to do it all from the comfort of your bean bag, or the table you are sharing with friends, all while enjoying snacks and drinks.
This “different kind of experience” happens this coming March 31, 8 p.m. and April 1, 7 p.m. at the Old Centrum, corner of 12th Street and Central Avenue. Ticket prices are $29 for adults 21 and over, $19 for ages 15-20 and seniors over 62, and free for children under the age of 15. You can buy tickets at the door or online. Check out www.orkestraprojekt.com for more info, or call 317-488-0070.