Wisconsin Sound Series: Mr. Chair
- Presented By: Wisconsin Union Theater
- Dates: April 11, 2021
- Location: Online Event
- Time: 12:00 PM
- Price: $15 - Individual Performance; $50 - Entire Wisconsin Sound Series
Mr. Chair looks like a jazz combo, enchants like a string quartet, and electrifies like a rock band, all while delighting listeners with their fresh and authentic sound. As classically-trained musicians well-versed in jazz, electronics, prog rock, world music and beyond, Mr. Chair is a contemporary fusion ensemble for music fans of all backgrounds.
Their compositions are long-form journeys - sometimes delicate and sweet, sometimes thrashing with unbridled energy and conviction. Their sound palette is diverse, and used to tell stories in styles cinematic, surreal, romantic, funky, whimsical, and always captivating. They perform original works as well as their own arrangements of iconic pieces from Stravinsky to Bach. Mr. Chair can fit any size room. They design acoustic shows for intimate cabaret settings all the way up to thrilling concert hall performances with full string orchestras.
One of Mr. Chair’s greatest qualities is an affinity for collaboration, both within the artistic world (with visual artists, poets, spoken word artists, and dancers) and well-outside (with scientists, brewers, and chocolatiers). Guests infuse Mr. Chair events with a vibrancy that ensures no two shows are ever alike. Perhaps Mr. Chair’s most unique project is a multi-year partnership with UW-Madison Vilas Distinguished Professor of Geoscience, Dr. Stephen Meyers, and his “tadada Scientific Lab”. Together, they have reimagined science education with arts-integrated lectures on the UW-Madison campus featuring live demonstrations, exhilarating videos, and performance of commissioned music. The experiment continues as Mr. Chair and Dr. Meyers bring these interdisciplinary events to clubs and universities around the world.
Equally comfortable as educators, the members of Mr. Chair have conducted masterclasses with students from middle school to college on the topics of performance, composition, style, arranging, orchestration, interpretation, and the creative process.
Mr. Chair's performance is part of the Wisconsin Sound Series which showcases and supports local musicians and artists. Learn more about the series.
2021 Wisconsin Sound Series
Presented By The Wisconsin Union Theater
Jan. 24, Feb. 21, Mar. 21, Apr. 11, May 2
The Wisconsin Union Theater is proud to present the Wisconsin Sound Series, a new virtual concert series featuring local Wisconsin artists. The COVID-19 pandemic has been particularly challenging for performing artists with numerous canceled performances and tours; closures of theaters and live performing arts venues; travel restrictions; and the need to stay home to keep themselves and their loved ones safe.
The Wisconsin Union Theater wants to do its part to support the great talent right here in Wisconsin, and help them continue to create and enrich our lives with their artistry. We are committed to our mission of delivering high quality performing arts to our community, even if our shared experience is only safe through a virtual space right now.
The Wisconsin Sound Series is supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.