Fox Valley Symphony team up for a Pink Floyd experience

September 12, 2011

Kara Patterson

Post Crescent

Tracks from the English rock band Pink Floyd’s classic album “The Dark Side of the Moon” audibly will illuminate the fanfare concert of the Fox Valley Symphony’s 45th anniversary season.

During the tribute concert Saturday, the symphony will accompany The Machine, a band that has recreated the sounds and stage experience of Pink Floyd concerts for 23-plus years nationally and internationally.

“It’s a place where you don’t expect an orchestra to go, but it’s a place where an orchestra can go without fear,” said Brian Groner, the symphony’s music director. “An orchestra is a powerful group of musicians no matter what they’re playing, and this is a good example of that. It’s not going to be a concert; it’s going to be an event. When Pink Floyd hit the charts … they were using synthesized orchestral parts for a lot of these (songs) so a lot of this is what they had in mind to do. It’s not an orchestra playing Pink Floyd. This is a classic rock concert and the orchestra serves as an extension of that, a true realization of the original ideas.”

Expect the concert also to visually stimulate the senses in the true style of Pink Floyd, which formed in the ’60s but rose to fame in the ’70s. The Machine offers its own computerized moving light show with multimedia elements such as animation and special effects.

“Pink Floyd was one of the first bands to employ that,” said Joe Pascarell, the New York City-based lead singer and guitarist with The Machine, which also includes Tahrah Cohen on drums, Ryan Ball on bass and vocals and Scott Chasolen on keys and vocals. “It’s something that’s kind of expected, that we bring.”

“The Machine Performs Pink Floyd with the Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra” starts at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center in downtown Appleton. Ticket prices range from $25 to $55.

The concert precedes the symphony’s formal season opener. “The Party Begins!,” with returning guest artist Philippe Quint, a violinist, is set for Oct. 1.

The Machine, which has performed at Bonnaroo, Musikfest and across Europe, plays with a symphony typically only three or four times per year, so the experience is a unique one for the band and its audiences, said Pascarell, 50.


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