Ford Auto Parts, the Musical?

By Tori T.

You can’t spell Carnegie Hall without “car,” right? So in a way it seems fairly fitting that a symphony piece featuring Ford car parts took to the grand stage on October 4, 2012, as part of a new piece by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra composer-in-residence, Mason Bates, called “Alternative Energy.”

The “energy symphony”—with a theme of forces of energy in industry, in the past, current, and future—kicked off the Carnegie Hall 2012-2013 season . The piece starts in a Midwestern junkyard, then travels hundreds of years to the future. Old Ford parts were assembled by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s principle percussionist, Cynthia Yeh, and performed onstage in such a way that it seems to conjure up a mental image of Henry Ford working in a junkyard. A blues fiddle accompanies the car parts; Cynthia plays a drumset comprised of scraps collected at a junkyard.

“Alternative Energy” was written especially for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Maestro Riccardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra have performed the piece in places such as Chicago, California, and, fittingly, Michigan.
Kenneth H 10/30/2012
That's friggin awesome. I wanna see that.
10/30/2012
I want my band to do this!
John S 10/29/2012
With the Model A Ford Club of America being the largest car club devoted to one car, it would make sure be nice to have a Model A badge in FordSocial
Bill B 10/26/2012
Well the music must be excellent since these are professionals doing their best to play on key.. a Ford Fusion Key..well I should would love to hear that..
Theresa K 10/26/2012
That is really cool to be able to put parts together and be able to play an insturment. I would like to hear them play. I bet it wold sound like a car riding down the road real sweet.
Theresa K 10/26/2012
That is really cool to be able to put parts together and be able to play an insturment. I would like to hear them play. I bet it wold sound like a car riding down the road real sweet.
Ford Auto Parts, the Musical?
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