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October 29, 2008

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UT Tyler to Present Spaghetti Western Orchestra

Spaghetti Western Orchestra

The Spaghetti Western Orchestra will be the second Performing Arts Series production of The University of Texas at Tyler R. Don Cowan Fine and Performing Arts Center season, Susan Thomae-Morphew, Cowan Center director, announced.

Sponsored by Charles and Pat Dryden, the performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 10. Media sponsors are KETK 56 and Gap Broadcasting.

Tickets are $51, $41, $31, $21 and $16 at the UT Tyler Cowan Center box office, online at www.cowancenter.org or by calling 903.566.7424. Box office hours are 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The orchestra will perform such notable Ennio Morricone compositions as “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly,” “A Fistful of Dollars,” “Two Mules for Sister Sara” and “For a Few Dollars More.”

“This group of Australian musicians brings to life the memories we all share of the series of old spaghetti westerns starring Clint Eastwood. The music of Ennio Morricone is so powerful, and this performance is pure fun. The audience will be truly entertained by the use of household items to create some of the sounds of the old west reminiscent of old radio shows,” said Thomae-Morphew.

Traditional instruments used include piano, bassoon, double bass, harmonica, various percussion instruments, trumpet and timpani. While non-traditional “instruments” include corn flakes, asthma inhaler, tuned beer bottles, sticks and twigs (locally sourced) and frog clicker to recreate such sounds as gunshots and jangling spurs. 

“Their antics are dramatic and comedic while the music is performed beautifully,” said Thomae-Morphew.  “I believe this is going to go down in Cowan Center history as one of everyone’s favorites.”

The Spaghetti Western Orchestra was originally created in Australia by Graeme Leak, Patrick Cronin, David Hewitt, Boris Conley, Philip McLeod and former member Dan Witton, who all shared a passion for the music of Morricone. They also were fascinated by the sound effects and foley techniques used in the spaghetti westerns.

The orchestra premiered at the Montreal Jazz Festival in 2007 and then toured Paris, Hamburg and Koln prior to this North American tour. It also achieved huge success at The Edinburgh Festival where the group met director Denis Blais who joined as director and designer.

One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. Nearly 90 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of more than 6,000 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.


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