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Sympathy for the Devil 

When: Thu., Feb. 11, 7 p.m. 2010
Phone: (843) 723-7528
Price: $5-$60
www.charlestonsymphony.com

The devil is trading in his fiddle for a few actors, musicians, and a conductor in the upcoming production called Sympathy for the Devil presented by the Charleston Symphony Orchestra. The show will be presented in two parts, back-to-back, and will be conducted by Artistic Director of the Muncie Symphony Orchestra Bohuslav Rattay. Rattay will take time before each piece and give the audience some background information.

Part one features “Dead Elvis,” originally written by American composer Michael Daugherty. Classical is fused with rock and blues to tell the rock legend’s story — but in this fictitious account, he sells his soul to the devil. Nationally acclaimed bassoonist, Benjamin Kamins, will play the King — costume and all.

Part two of the performance is titled “A Soldier’s Tale,” originally written by Igor Stravinsky. Like Elvis, this hero also makes a deal with the devil: a fiddle for a book on the economic future. This performance is more of a theatrical piece, meaning that it’s meant to be read, played, and danced. Local talk show host of the Morning Buzz, Richard Todd, will narrate the performance while Sharon Graci and Rodney Lee Rogers, founders of PURE Theatre, will take their place on the stage as the Soldier and the Devil. —Christina Janke

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