Alloy Orchestra to accompany "Metropolis" in Coe Marquis Series performance

Extra: Rod Pritchard, Director of Marketing and Public Relations
(319) 399-8605 or rpritcha@coe.edu

2015-09-02 10:19:23 - General

Alloy OrchestraWith an unusual combination of percussion and state-of-the-art electronics, the Alloy Orchestra can create any sound imaginable. The three-man musical ensemble, which writes and performs accompaniment to classic silent films, will appear in a Coe College Marquis Series event on Wednesday, Sept. 16, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium.

Marquis Series patrons can purchase individual tickets for $15, $10 for students and seniors. Tickets may be purchased online at coe.edu/marquis or by calling the Cox Box Office at 399-8600, Monday-Friday, between 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets will also be available at the door.

At Coe, Alloy Orchestra will perform a new score to accompany the recently restored version of Fritz Lang's epic 1927 science-fiction drama "Metropolis." The late film critic Roger Ebert said the ensemble is "The best in the world at accompanying silent films."

Working with an outrageous assemblage of peculiar objects, the Alloy Orchestra thrashes and grinds soulful music from unlikely sources. Performing at prestigious film festivals and cultural centers in the U.S. and abroad, Alloy has helped revive some of the great masterpieces of the silent era.

Utilizing their famous "rack of junk" and electronic synthesizers, the group generates everything from beautiful music in a spectacular variety of styles to any sound imaginable. The Alloy Orchestra can conjure up a French symphony or a simple German bar band of the 1920s. The group can make the audience think it is being attacked by tigers, contacted by radio signals from Mars, or swept up in the Russian Revolution.

The members of Alloy Orchestra include Terry Donahue (junk percussion, musical saw, accordion); Ken Winokur (director, percussion, clarinet); and Roger C. Miller (keyboard).

Alloy Orchestra has performed at prestigious film festivals and cultural centers in the U.S. and abroad, including The San Francisco Silent Film Festival, The Telluride Film Festival, The Louvre, Lincoln Center, The Academy of Motion Pictures, the National Gallery of Art and others. The group has helped revive some of the great masterpieces of the silent era.

The Coe College Lecture and Performance Series is funded in part by a gift from the estate of Sarah Marquis in honor of her father, Dr. John A. Marquis, who was president of Coe College from 1909-1920. The purpose of the series is to bring entertainment and educational experiences to the Coe campus for the benefit of the entire community.

For more information, go to www.coe.edu/marquis or call 319-399-8600.