Dada Cabaret invites audiences to celebrate the “ho-ho-holidays” with “Dada Does Christmas” on Sunday, Dec. 17, at 3 p.m. at the Willow Tree Coffeehouse and Music Room, 216 E. Main St.
“Dada Does Christmas” will be not only the daring, eclectic chamber ensemble’s first Christmas-themed show, but also its first family-friendly matinee, with programming suitable for all audiences.
“We’ve had many audience members tell us that the one thing they wished Dada Cabaret would do differently is hold more performances,” said Dr. Heather Killmeyer, an assistant professor of oboe in the East Tennessee State University Department of Music. “So we’re trying something a little bit different. It will be a Sunday afternoon performance geared to a wider audience, in terms of ages, with arrangements of holiday tunes for our instrumentation. We’re aiming to reimagine the typical Christmas stories and music in Dada Cabaret fashion.”
A story being penned for the program by Dada writer and narrator Andy Ford takes place on Christmas Eve 2020. On that night, Santa Claus goes missing while the world sleeps under a magician’s spell, and only three childhood friends can save him.
In addition to Killmeyer and Ford, members of Dada Cabaret include ETSU music faculty members Dr. Stephanie Frye on tuba and Dr. Alan Stevens, tenor.
Dada Cabaret is inspired by literary nonsense; transgressive cinema, which uses shock value and humor; the early 20th century artistic movement of Dadaism, which illustrated absurdity through paintings of purposeless machines and collages of discarded materials; and the avant-garde movement, which featured experimental, innovative art that went beyond what was accepted as the norm. This experimental ensemble seeks to push the boundaries of classical music and transcend the divide between audience and performer.
Admission is $5 for adults and free for college students with ID and children 17 and younger.
For more information, call the ETSU Department of Music at 423-439-4276.