I was curious on many different levels. I have walked by this Ukrainian place probably at least 3,000 times and I've never been in it. I'm reading a Ukrainian novel, Dead Souls by Gogol, so it felt like it would be a good time to do it. The 7 accordions definitely peeked my curiosity. I wasn't the only one. There was a large turnout and even though the space isn't small, they could have used a larger space. They mentioned their previous shows were in a Church and they should probably go back to that in the future.
I chose to stand and I found a spot that I could see the musicians. However, I didn't realize my view would be blocked by a column for the dancers. I stayed until intermission, so I got 2 music pieces and the Libretto concert suite.
The first piece was for 6 accordions, with the 7th, Guy Kucevsek the composer/conductor. I liked it a lot. I liked how the accordions sounded like an organ at times and like strings at other times.
The 2nd piece had 7 accordions, violin, cello, contrabass, and I think one singer. That was good, a little different.
The Libretto, entitled "French Artithmetic concert suite" was fun. However, I really do not like high voices, especially opera voices. Also, I couldn't really see the dancer because of the column in my way. I did like the orchestra when I could connect. We also had the text so we could read along, since you really couldn't understand the soprano at all.
After that, I decided it was enough. I enjoyed it while I did, but didn't need any more. It was interesting and different for me. I would love to see it in a Church some time.
Flexible Orchestra 2010 / "Accordions Plus" New Music for Seven Accordions, Violin, Cello & Bass Compositions by Guy Klucsevsek, Daniel Goode, Christian Wollf & others Thursday, October 28th at 8:30pm at The Ukrainian Restaurant Ballroom / 140 Second Ave & 9th St. For more info: