“Extraordinary Tales in Music” Looks into the Life of Edgar Allan Poe
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“Extraordinary Tales in Music” Looks into the Life of Edgar Allan Poe

Take a journey through Edgar Allan Poe’s travels, loves, and three of his greatest works in the upcoming concert “Extraordinary Tales in Music,” part of the El Camino College Center for the Arts’ 50th anniversary season. Featuring original music by ECC faculty member and composer William E. Doyle, this concert highlights the life and literature of the renowned American author. The performance is set for 8 p.m. May 17 in Marsee Auditorium. 

Created by Doyle as a multimedia concert-opera, the performance includes instrumental music, vocals and theatrical highlights. A large-screen video backdrop adds detail to the show that begins with a monologue from a young Edgar Allan Poe at the University of Virginia. He’s decided to leave the university due to his drinking and gambling debts. The audience then joins Poe on his literary journey to visit the places he had only read about, such as Greece, Persia and Ireland. 

“My inspiration for this concert was Edgar Allan Poe, a captivating writer,” said Doyle, an ECC music professor who has performed all over the U.S. and Europe, in addition to Brazil and Australia. He is also a composer and arranger for trumpet, winds, and orchestra. “I think when you have a very dramatic story, as a composer, you can almost begin to hear what the music should be to fit a story.” 

The concert features baritone and ECC alumnus Anthony Moreno; ECC faculty members James Hurd, organ and Jon Minei, guitar and ukulele; mezzo-soprano and alumna Eleen Hsu-Wentlandt; pianist Manuel Arellano; and the Ars Nova Chamber Ensemble, a group of some of the finest freelance musicians from the Los Angeles area. Ensemble musicians include Lucy Lu, violin; Agnieszka Borzuchowski, violin, electric violin; Chad Jackson, viola; Mindia Luo, cello; Juan Rodriguez, bass, electric bass; Rachel Mellis, flute; Jonathan Galbreath, clarinet; Liz Gutierrez Alcala, bassoon; and Diane Lee, bass clarinet.

Tickets for “Extraordinary Tales in Music” are $10-$21 and may be purchased at www.centerforthearts.org using the online ticketing system or by phone at 800-832-ARTS. The Ticket Office is open Monday through Friday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Campus parking is $3. El Camino College is located at 16007 Crenshaw Boulevard, Torrance.

April 30, 2019