Familiar tunes revised for area concert

  • Posted: Thursday, November 8, 2012 8:00 a.m.

Inspiration often comes from unexpected sources. Such was the case for Dave Reiser when he was searching for a new arrangement to suit his high school madrigal singers. One of the students suggested a rewrite of a familiar tune, “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star,” and the result was a huge hit with the audience. Teachers are supposed to inspire their students. Sometimes it works the other way around.

Aiken concert-goers will have an opportunity to enjoy Reiser’s work when South Boundary presents “Rippin’ Off the Masters.”

Reiser will be a special guest for this event, explaining the musical creative process, with the voices of South Boundary performing what Reiser refers to as “twisted versions of old standards.” His works have been staged in New York, Chicago, Sydney, Beijing and London, with at least 30 of his works in almost constant production in schools and community theaters throughout North America.

Reiser’s connection to Aiken is a 20-year friendship and musical collaboration with Cedar Creek resident and South Boundary member, Tom Calhoun.

“Rippin’ Off the Masters” is scheduled for Nov. 15 at South Aiken Presbyterian Church beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors age 60 and older and $5 for students.

Tickets can be ordered from any South Boundary member, from www.southboundary.com or by calling Calhoun at 643-3899. The concert will feature “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” through the styles of The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Billy Joel and Bach.

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