The Big Picture

Thursday, March 26, 2015, 7:00 pm
Friday, March 27, 2015, 7:00 pm
McCullough Theatre

Presented in partnership with the Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies

David Krakauer, clarinet
Rob Schwimmer, piano & keys
Sara Caswell, violin
Mark Helias, double-bass
Sheryl Bailey, guitar
Satoshi Takeishi, drums, percussion
Projected original visuals by Light of Day & Cutting Room Films

Grammy nominated clarinetist and cultural visionary David Krakauer presents his powerful new multi-media production, The Big Picture. The work explores the inseparable relationship between music and movies while reminding the audience of their incomparable contributions as co-stars.

Bringing together an all-star cast of musicians, Krakauer’s new project presents otherworldly interpretations of the music found in a myriad of moviegoer’s favorites including Sophie’s Choice, Life is Beautiful, The Pianist, Radio Days, and more, The Big Picture will transport you to the shores of your memory banks while expanding your appreciation of one of life’s great couples – music and movies. Original films, created for the production, embrace Krakauer’s adventurous and individual spirit of self-discovery.

David Krakauer is widely considered one of the greatest clarinetists on the planet, receiving praise internationally as a key innovator in modern klezmer as well as a major voice in classical music. Known simply as “Krakauer” to his fervent following, he is nothing less than an American original who has embarked on a tremendous journey transforming the music of his Eastern European Jewish heritage into something uniquely contemporary.

“Mesmerizing musicality, speed, and articulation infuse his music with power, so much so, that when he puts it down it surely must continue to play.”
All About Jazz

“incandescent… astonishingly versatile”
The New York Times

The Big Picture is a special kind of project. It’s a tour through Jewish history, and an exploration of how the movies show us the universality of our individual quests. I want this experience to serve as an opportunity for all. I am privileged to be the tour guide for this incredible voyage.”
-David Krakauer


Post-Performance Talkback
Thursday, March 26
Immediately following the performance
McCullough Theatre

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