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The Sound of Music' Gets Remix Treatment for Juniata Concert

(Posted October 1, 2012)

"The Hills are Alive," performed by Brooklyn Rundfunk Orkestrata, is at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 13 in Rosenberger Auditorium in the Halbritter Center for the Performing Arts. For tickets, please call (814) 641-JTIX (5849). General admission tickets for single performances are $20, except where otherwise noted.

If you are 16 going on 17 (or any age, really), or can appreciate a bloom of edelweiss, then the concert "The Hills Are Alive," by the Brooklyn Rundfunk Orkestrata, which re-imagines the classic film "The Sound of Music" as a modern mashup of pop music styles, will thrill even the loneliest goatherd at Juniata College at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 13 in Rosenberger Auditorium in the Halbritter Center for the Performing Arts.

For tickets and information about the Juniata College Presents series, please call (814) 641-JTIX (5849). General admission tickets for single performances are $20, except where otherwise noted. Single-show tickets for seniors over age 65 and children age 18 and under are $12. Juniata College students are admitted free with a student ID.

If attendees can forgive the lack of magnificent Alpine vistas and costumes made out of curtains, the group presents the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein songs as a rock 'n' roll concert experience.

Each classic song receives a pop makeover, including the ballad "Edelweiss," which becomes a country song inspired by the song "High on a Mountain Top." The film's "Climb Ev'ry Mountain" is given a hip-hop treatment inspired by the work of Mary J. Blige.

The love song "Sixteen Going on Seventeen" is transformed into a klezmer-style jazz piece. "Do-Re-Mi" is revamped to the tune of the Jackson 5's "ABC."

If attendees can forgive the lack of magnificent Alpine vistas and costumes made out of curtains, the group presents the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein songs as a rock 'n' roll concert experience.

The Brooklyn Rundfunk Orkestrata is a four-piece band that features Peter Keisewalter on keyboards, Ben Butler on guitar, Richard Hammond on bass and Jeff Lipstein on drums. Several vocalists rotate gigs for the group's concerts.

Other songs, such as "My Favorite Things" and "The Lonely Goatherd" will receive re-orchestrations inspired by Elton John, 1980s metal and even the band Boston.
The band released its first album, "The Hills Are Alive," several years ago and have been touring ever since.

Keisewalter conceived the show after checking with the legal team for the Rodgers and Hammerstein estate. They allowed him to reconceive the songs. The musician has been a fan of the "Sound of Music" film since childhood and also played in the pit band for a theatrical production of the musical.

Contact John Wall at wallj@juniata.edu or (814) 641-3132 for more information.