The Dutch symphonic metal band Epica is getting ready for what they call a "Classical Conspiracy" concert. They'll play songs of their own (with titles like "Fools of Damnation," and "Cosign to Oblivion") and music by Mozart, Dvorak, Verdi, Orff, Prokofiev, Grieg, and Vivaldi.
This will be part of the International Opera Festival Miskolc, in Miskolc, Hungary, June 14.
My favorite moment in a Q&A with Epica guitarist Ad Sluijter is actually in the question:
How do you recommend the Epica classical show to the fans of classical music (eg. elderly people)? Why should they come to see the show? Ad: I think the combination classical music with metal will be a new experience for them. I don't think we should expect them running to the stores the next day to buy a Dimmu Borgir album or so, but I'm sure the show will be more than interesting enough for them to come and see.
Not sure it's possible from what I see in youtube highlights of their work, but one of the selling points for the event appears to be that "some Epica songs will be rewritten - to make it more bombastic - only for this event."
While I cannot speak for anyone but myself, I think that the symphony/metal band concert is something everyone should experience. After Deep Purple and Metallica, and the tribute to Nine Inch Nails this should be amazing. Now, to see if I can get my great-grandmother to go... :P
Posted by Bonnie | May 29, 2008 2:10 PM