On Sunday, April 21, 2013 - 4 pm LAWRENCE DILLON's Amadeus ex Machina will be performed by the Boca Raton Symphonia, Constantine Kitsopoulos, Guest Conductor. Venue: The Roberts Theatre at Andrews Hall; Center for the Performing Arts at Saint Andrew’s School. 3900 Jog Rd., Boca Raton, FL 3343. Other works on the program include DVORAK Violin Concerto in A minor, op. 53 and BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 8.
From the composer's notes: Amadeus ex machina is a whimsical re-imagining of Mozart's 40th symphony from the perspective of a sophisticated - but somewhat disoriented - machine. Themes are mixed and matched in odd combinations, key centers are skewed in unexpected directions, and the entire composition is condensed into a ten-minute soundbite.
The resulting work can be experienced in a number of ways - as a study of contemporary society's relationship with its cultural heritage, as a commentary on the interaction of art and technology, or simply as an affectionate spoof of one of the greatest compositions in the Classical canon. The title comes from the deus ex machina - literally, "god from a machine" - a theatrical device in ancient Greece whereby a god was lowered to the stage in a crane to resolve seemingly hopeless plot complications.
"An affectionate homage to Mozart's Symphony No. 40 in G Minor, K. 550, the piece is an ingenious, elegant creation..." -Andrew Adler, Louisville Courier-Journal