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All Classical Music Explained (ACME) is a stand-up comedy show with a difference. Rainer Hersch - is a a multi-talented comedian and musician who is equally at home closing the show at the famous Comedy Store in London or conducting the St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra. With All Classical Music Explained he turns his comic skills on those awkward questions: "Why is organ music so boring?"; "How can I play a musical instrument without practising?"; "What do conductors actually do?". From playing the recorder to Grand Opera - it's all here plus piano playing like you have never heard.
ACME has been turned into two series for the BBC. Excerpts from the show are also available on CD. This is a comedy show with an edge for audiences of all ages and is intended for anyone who enjoys music of whatever kind.
ACME has appeared at:
Edinburgh Festival, Purcell Room (South Bank, London), Henley Festival, Perth Festival (Scotland), Belfast Festival, Wexford Opera Festival (Republic of Ireland), Adelaide Festival (Australia), Grahamstown Festival (South Africa), Edmonton Festival (Canada), Comed'in Festival (Lisbon), Felicja Blumental Festival (Israel) and many others.
"A brilliant touch of comic madness" Time Out, London
"Not Since Victor Borge has a music-comic raised the roof with such continuous laughter" The Post, South Africa
"This swift and very funny hour is the perfect prelude to a night at the concert hall - or an evening in the pub" The Scotsman, Edinburgh Festival
Variable. Anything from 20 minutes to 90 minutes plus interval.
Technical Rider P.A.:
Victor Borge was a brilliant pianist, virtuoso comedian and, at one point, the highest paid entertainer in the world. In Rainer Hersch’s Victor Borge the Great Dane’s hilarious act has been lovingly re-imagined for the 21st century by his natural successor, Rainer Hersch.
On stage, Rainer plays the role of both Borge and himself as he tells the stories of both men with charm and wit. This intriguing production was a total sellout at the Assembly Rooms in the 2004 Edinburgh Fringe Festival under the title Borge Again! In a full two-act version, he is also joined by a pianist for an hilarious duet rendition of the Liszt 2nd Hungarian Rhapsody.
RAINER HERSCH'S VICTOR BORGE HAS APPEARED AT:
Edinburgh Festival, The Venue Theatre (London), Perth Festival (Scotland), Chichester Festivities, Buxton Opera House, Montreal Festival, Winnipeg Festival. Also at arts centres and theatres across Britain.
"It's hard to imagine that if the great Victor Borge himself had taken the stage, he would be more entertaining that Rainer Hersch's tear-streamingly funny tribute" Scotsman
"Victor Borge for a new generation" The Sunday Times
"Two great comics for the price of one. 5 Stars" Edinburgh Metro
In one act: Total playing time 75 ". In two acts: Total playing time 1'35" (first half 50", second half 45").
Technical Rider P.A.:
Rainer Hersch is a trained conductor who blends stand-up comedy, witty orchestral arrangements and audience favourites into a polished classical concert. He performs with orchestras around the world.
Programmes available for:
Rainer has PERFORMED WITH
members of Auckland Philharmonia (NZ), Basel Kammerorchester (CH), City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (UK), Elgin, Symphony Orchestra (US), Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra (CAN), members of the Hannover Opera Orchestra (DE), Johann Strauss Orchestra (tours 2013 & 2014)
(UK), Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony
(CAN), Leicester Symphony Orchestra (UK), London Concert Orchestra
(UK), London Gala Orchestra (UK), London Firebird Orchestra
(UK), Orquesta de Cámara de Nuevo León (MEX), Philharmonia Orchestra (UK), Philharmonia Britannica (UK), Royal Northern College of Music Symphony Orchestra
(UK), St Pauli Kurorchester (DE), St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra (RU), Symphony Nova Scotia (CAN), Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra (AUS), Tel Aviv Soloists
(ISR), The Queensland Orchestra (AUS), Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra (CAN)
CONCERT CAN BE PERFORMED IN
English, German, French, Spanish
COMEDY REPERTOIRE INCLUDES
Arne/Hersch: God Save The Queen
An hour show about the organ for children aged 8 and above asks the question 'To smash or not to smash?'
Rainer takes the role as spokesperson for The Organisation for Organ Havoc (O.O.H), not to be confused with their arch rivals the Association for Artistic Harmony (A.A.H). O.O.H.'s declared aim is to 'smash up all the organs of the world and use the bits for something else' as made clear by their motto 'Si in Nuto Smash is Sursum' or 'If in doubt, Smash it up'.
“O.O.H. believe that smashing up the organ will make a lot of space and save money'. Says Rainer: 'the pipes alone have got enough metal in them to make 418 cars, 8682 scooters or 48,263,820 metal bits off pencils'
Does anyone care enough to save the organ? Certainly the organ's residents, organ mice, hope so. But if there is one thing O.O.H. hate more than organs its little furry animals...
Organtastic was commissioned by Bridgewater Hall in Manchester as part of their Organ Outreach Programme and is performed with organist Daniel Moult
The organ or remote manuals played by Daniel Moult
Assorted instruments including organ pipes, stylophone and casio keyboard
Microphone on a stand
A screen with data projector and computer
Technical Rider P.A.:
First class stereo PA system to include SM58 on a stand, 2 stereo D.I. boxes, cabling, minidisc player, CD player and operator. Also:
1 x clip-on radio mic
1 x long lead / radio mic on a straight stand
Facilities for PowerPoint projection - screen commensurate with the size of the venue - RGB connection to Rainer's laptop on stage. Stereo minijack sound connection to Rainer's laptop for sound output.
Any available lighting
1 x small low table
Dressing room for 2
Light refreshments for 2 between rehearsal and performance
(Previously called 'Mozart's Back'). After 250 years, a hilarious Wolfgang Amadeus is back from the dead. Yes, the genius of Salzburg returns with the truth about his life and death and to ask ‘what happened to all the royalties?’
In this brand new incarnation Mozart is joined on stage by a couple of his most ardent admirers – two sopranos who charm Mozart and the audience with songs of celebration and commiseration as our hero takes on the worlds experts who have analysed everything from his handwriting to how many times he used the word ‘bottom’.
This is a show with a guaranteed laugh every four bars: Mozart the piano virtuoso; Mozart the stand-up comedian; Mozart the Blind Date contestant – its all here and more.
Mozart’s Back premiered at:
Edinburgh Festival 2006. It also appeared at Canford Summer School and HPP's Festival of Comedy. In 2010 it ran for a two week season at Arts at the Barns, Edmonton, Canada.
“The show inventively re-writes everything you knew about Mozart, with a flair which leaves your face aching from laugher…" Three Weeks, Edinburgh"
"Mozart’s Back is a production of real quality and style sustained all the way through" One4review, Edinburgh
“This is a witty and skilful homage to Mozart's amazing life and work, with ironic sideswipes at the Mozart heritage industry. The show has Hersch's trademark combination of sharp script, virtuoso musicianship and gentle humour.” Edfringe.com
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