The Comedy of Music: Sat Oct 15

Konstantin Bozhinov introduces Maestro Oscar Stickman in The Comedy of Music. A one-man show with song, dance, improvisation, and many instruments. Coming to Mayne Island, Saturday October 15, 7 pm at the Mayne Island Community Centre.

The Comedy of Music, conducted by the hilarious character Maestro Oscar Stickman (performed by Konstantin Bozhinov), presents a satirical view on modern culture and a wonderful reassessment of the arts and their role in contemporary society. Maestro Stickman accomplishes this with his brilliant use of a multitude of musical instruments and an assortment of songs and dances, wrapped in layers of comical stories and anecdotes.

If you struggle to see the point of a symphony orchestra, or of Mozart, this show is for you. But no matter if your preference is for dance, for singing, for music, or just plain old jokes about violins and politicians, Maestro Stickman has it all.

Maestro Stickman’s seemingly endless talent is spread in all artistic directions as he satirically demonstrates that modern visual art is no more difficult to master than an exquisite Greek folk dance. Maestro reveals his passionate side with a tender Irish ballad and an Argentinian tango, and in one of the more practical portions, Sir Stickman comically demonstrates what to do while on hold and which 1-800 line to call if you need a backup orchestra. A highlight of the show surely has to be Maestro’s playing of a Beethoven symphony on a comb as one of his brilliant ideas on how to reform classical music.

Konstantin Ruslanov Bozhinov is a versatile musician, scholar, and entertainer. He specializes in improvisation, composition, and character comedy and enjoys a busy concert schedule as soloist, collaborator, and educator. Individuality and originality through improvisation and composition are at the core of Konstantin's philosophy and approach to music and theatre.

Konstantin’s academic credentials are many: he holds a Performance Diploma in Classical guitar (Douglas College); a Bachelor of Music degree in guitar and lute performance (University of British Columbia). Graduate studies include a Master of Music degree in lute performance (McGill University), and he is presently a PhD candidate in historical musicology (University of Victoria).

Konstantin’s performance credits are countless and include: co-founder and former music director of Ensemble Musica Humana; McGill’s University Baroque orchestra and various opera productions; Pacific Baroque Orchestra, and tours with Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra principal cellist, Phil Hansen.

For further information please contact Debora Gordon

posted October 2016

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