The Fourth Wall




Friday, February 2


Hybrid Arts Ensemble

neil e. park family foundation family series

The Fourth Wall explores a new hybrid of the performing arts in which musicians are also dancers and actors. Stretching the boundaries of instrumental performance, The Fourth Wall commissions new interdisciplinary works and reinterprets established repertoire to make music that leaps off the stage. The ensemble is comprised of flutist Hilary Abigana, bass trombonist C. Neil Parsons, and percussionist Greg Jukes.

The Fourth Wall inspires and delights audiences across North America with their hybrid arts performances in venues ranging from performing arts centers to elementary school cafegymnatoriums, from an off-Broadway run at the SoHo Playhouse in New York City to ABC Television’s The Gong Show. A favorite at Fringe theatre festivals, the trio has sold out shows in Edmonton, Indianapolis, Minneapolis, Orlando (Patrons’ Pick and Critics’ Choice awards), and Winnipeg, where they received 5 stars from both the CBC, Manitoba and the Winnipeg Free Press for their vaudeville-inspired show, “Fruit Flies Like a Banana” and their nostalgic journey into childhood, “Fallen from the Toy Box.” The Fourth Wall won the 2014 Savvy Musician in Action chamber music competition and was presented at the innovative music entrepreneurship retreat as performers and workshop leaders. The Fourth Wall has been featured on six National Flute Association annual conventions with gala performances, recitals, and their audience interactive project, “Mixer.” Collaborating with conductor Victoria Gau, The Fourth Wall created an orchestral hybrid arts performance that was premiered with the Capital City Symphony in 2013.

The Fourth Wall offers workshops, masterclasses, and performances that teach students how to incorporate interdisciplinary performance techniques into their creative work. The trio has been in residence at the Universities of Alabama, Alaska, Louisiana, South Carolina, and Virginia; presented masterclasses and lectures at the Oberlin Conservatory, Eastman School of Music, and Rice University among others; and performed for various Percussive Arts and Flute Societies. The Fourth Wall is a teaching ensemble for Young Audiences of Massachusetts and Indiana’s Arts for Learning program.

Media Sponsors: Dodge County Pionier, Wisconsin Public Radio

Adult $20
Child 12 and under $10

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