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Feb. 17, 2018

8 p.m.

Mark Morris Dance Group - Sgt. Pepper at 50: Pepperland

The Moore Theatre

Music commissioned by the Charles and Joan Gross Family Foundation.

STG Presents Mark Morris Dance Group - Sgt. Pepper at 50: Pepperland at The Moore Theatre February 16 - 18, 2018.

Join the worldwide celebration of the 50th anniversary of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band with PEPPERLAND, a new evening-length work by MARK MORRIS. Created at the request of the City of Liverpool, it premieres May 2017 as part of Liverpool’s season-long tribute to the album.

PEPPERLAND features an original score by composer Ethan Iverson inspired by the songs “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” “With a Little Help From My Friends,” “A Day in the Life,” “When I’m Sixty-Four,” “Within You Without You,” and “Penny Lane.”

An unprecedented chamber music ensemble of voice, theremin, soprano sax, trombone, and two keyboards will tease out and elaborate on Sgt. Pepper’s non-rock ‘n’ roll influences. Arrangements of half a dozen songs from the album will intermingle with Pepper-inspired original pieces intended especially for Morris’ profound understanding of classical forms: Allegro, Scherzo, Adagio, and the blues.

“This great album set a radical new direction for popular music and thought. I was just a child. Fifty years later, with contemporary eyes and ears, we are presenting a comment and a rethinking of this profound cultural artifact with all of the imagination, surprise, humor, and bizarrity intact.” — MARK MORRIS

SGT. PEPPER AT 50: PEPPERLAND is a MARK MORRIS DANCE GROUP production in association with Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity with the Sony Centre, Toronto, Canada; Cal Performances, UC Berkeley, California; Liverpool City Council, England, U.K.; Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire; International Festival of Arts and Ideas, New Haven, Connecticut; The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C.; Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Seattle Theatre Group, Seattle, Washington; White Bird, Portland, Oregon.

Original music by The Beatles used under license from Sony ATV Music Publishing.

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