You'll probably be up to here with "baroque," as we always are, after The Messiah silly season is done this month. But if you're like us- you won't be missing this.
Mackris v. O’Reilly, performed at the UW in January is a traditional neo-baroque oratorio set to the sexual harassment complaint against The Big Fat Head, Bill O’Reilly, (KTTH m-f, 6-8p) and Fox News by his staff producer, Andrea Mackris, in October 2004.
It's a musical, het Baroqueback Mountain.
Written by composer Igor Keller, who claims to be a little-known Belltown tenor sax player, but who's actually the noted Music Editor of ArtDish.com, "a forum on visual art" and witty 'who's where' of Seattle art.
OK, OK, he is obscure. But this is serious music, as you can hear if you give this listen.
And it's intensely delicious- especially for those of us who have
delighted watching the 21st century's Major Hoople- (known by our
O'Reilly specialist Mercifurious as Herr Falafeloofa) humiliate himself
so utterly, and so consistently. And as you know, if you've read the legal documents on Smoking Gun.com, or Mack v. O's juicy libretto,
O'Reilly claims it's not only his head that's big and fat (if you catch
our drift). That visual might be frightening, but we're assured that O'Reilly's phallacious assessment is only sung in the production, and not otherwise portrayed.
A concert-length work written for a 31-piece chamber orchestra, a 32-voice chorus and soloists soprano Signe Mortensen as Andrea Mackris, tenor Ross Hauck as the Narrator, and baritone Charles Robert Stephens as Bill O'Reilly.
It's set to the original court complaint filed against O’Reilly, and his on-air settlement announcement a month later. Its 31 parts include seven chorales, two madrigals, three choruses (parts of the chorus matched up with components from the orchestra), four stand-alone recitatives, two instrumental entrances and numerous arias.
Keller promises that it "includes all memorable moments from the
original complaint and more– paranoid rants, clumsy sexual innuendo,
and the famous falafel fantasy. ... It’s an oratorio for the 21st
CAUTION! Because of the nature of the subject matter, this performance is not intended for audiences under 18 years of age. The piece contains no profanity, but it does feature an array of “mature themes” which are treated with the highest artistic regard.
Fri., Jan. 12, 2007. 7:30p
Sat., Jan. 13, 2007, 7:30p
Meany Hall, University of Washington Campus
tickets are $10 from Brown Paper Bag tickets