Q&A with Bowfire creator and musical director, Lenny Solomon!
Bowfire is a "total string experience" - a performance featuring the finest lineup of fiddle and violin virtuosos ever assembled on stage - and it's coming to The Bushnell on January 29 for one performance only! We had a chance to touch base with Bowfire creator and musical director, Lenny Solomon, about the show:
What was it like filming the PBS special (in Spring 2007)?
An amazing experience for us all. It started in a small rehearsal room with a director and a choreographer for a week. We then moved into a theater for rehearsals and for adding production elements like sets and lights, adding many people who work with those elements for a week, and then into the performance venue, adding the TV crew, the HD trucks and the recording truck. Hundreds of people ended up working on our show. I think the results show that it is a big and beautiful show. It just exploded for us.
Any funny show moments or "on tour" stories?
During rehearsals for the DVD, we were in a rehearsal theater for a week and the local crew stagehands could not find the "off" heat switch. It was 100 degrees and we were all sweating it. Funny now - hot then.
What do you love about Bowfire, and why is it a must-see event?
The fact that all us violinists and fiddlers share our music with each other is an incredible and gratifying experience. This fact elevates all our performances as we try to do our best for each other and the audiences, who pick up on the excitement we generate from the stage. Bowfire is a new direction in performance for strings combining styles and excellence. It is sensational virtuosity.
Anything else the audience needs to know?
Don't be afraid to bring anybody to this show.