Sunday evening concerts
Open Gate Theatre and Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock
Open Gate Ensemble
Michael Vlatkovich Wind 5tet
September 2nd at 7:00 p.m.
Center for the Arts,
Eagle Rock, 2225 Colorado Blvd., Eagle Rock
(one block west of Eagle Rock Blvd.).
Admission is $10,
(students, seniors, and past series performers half price)
Open Gate Ensemble:
Vinny Golia - winds
Jim Mora - lighting
Vicki Ray - piano, keyboard
Will Salmon - flute, voice, movement
Miller Wren - bass
Roksana Zeinapur - voice, movement
Michael Vlatkovich Wind 5tet:
Michael Vlatkovich - trombone composition
Greg Zilboorg - trumpet
Louis Lopez - trumpet
Bill Plake - tenor saxophone
Andrew Pask - baritone saxophone
As part of an ongoing schedule of group project presentations by Open Gate Theatre founder Will Salmon involving different combinations of distinguished artists, this month the Open Gate Ensemble will feature another strikingly intriguing lineup of contributors to Salmon’s unique artistic vision. Along with Salmon providing his distinctive flute, voice, and movement will be Roksana Zeinour (voice, movement), Vinny Golia (woodwinds), Vicki Ray (piano, keyboard), Miller Wrenn (bass), and lighting and visual enhancements by Jim Mora. The largely improvisational outing will include some extemporaneous extensions of Salmon’s theater piece based on the Orestia, casting Zeinour as Electra and Salmon as Agamemnon, the mythic often serving as the inspiration and foundation for Salmon’s creative manifestations. Always absorbing and often undeniably gripping, a musically fascinating and satisfying multimedia experience is certainly in the offing.
Opening the evening will be one of the Open Gate concert series’ most treasured and virtuosic veterans, trombonist-composer Michael Vlatkovich, leading a fresh and inspired-sounding new musical ensemble, the Michael Vlatkovich Wind 5tet. Consisting of Greg Zilboorg on trumpet, Louis Lopez on trumpet, Bill Plake on tenor saxophone, Andrew Pask on baritone saxophone, and, of course, Vlatkovich himself on trombone, together interpreting and exploring Vlatkovich’s always highly accomplished, consistently surprising and delightful original compositions as contexts for sensitive, daring, and imaginative improvisational adventures in the appropriately resonant acoustics of the Center for the Arts, there’s simply no way this set of music can be anything other than deeply fascinating and affecting.
(Text: Alex Cline)