Beat-Boxing, Hip-Hopping, Jazz-Juicing Trio performing in Canton with Orchestra
PROJECT Trio came about when three members of the Canton Symphony Orchestra (Greg Pattillo-flute, Eric Stephenson-cellist and Peter Seymour-double bass) got together to play hip-hop, jazz, rock and beat-boxing. What made them unique were the instruments that they were playing (not exactly your traditional instruments for this genre of music). The original concept was to gather together two or three times a year in various cities in the U.S. for a week long collection of concerts and educational activities.
In 2005 they gathered in Cleveland for their first series of performances and workshops for youth. Soon after this the YouTube video (PROJECT Trio YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/channel/HCLIRr5aA-DzI) became a sensation and Greg was persuaded to move to New York City to join the other two. Since Greg’s appearance on the “iCarley” TV show and 75 million fans of the video and performances later PROJECT Trio returns to Canton to perform with select members of the Canton Symphony Orchestra at the Canton Palace Theatre.
“They are bringing a whole new look to classical music,” stated Michelle Mullaly, Executive Director of the Canton Symphony Orchestra. “While classical melodies have pervaded rock, jazz, and popular music for decades, PROJECT Trio is performing the actual classical piece, divinely infused with jazz, rock and hip-hop.”
PROJECT Trio has since recorded three critically acclaimed albums and performed in concert halls, clubs, classrooms and music festivals around the world.
The New York Times hailed the flute-beat-boxing Pattillo as “the best person in the world at what he does.”
Besides his iCarly appearance (www.youtube.com/watch?v=an-YPMIvHd4), one of his most interesting accolades may be as winner of the Metropolitan Transit Authority's “Music Under New York” program. Among other things, the award gives Pattillo an official permit (if you can call it that) to play music in the New York subway system.
PROJECT Trio appears in concert with select members of the Canton Symphony Orchestra on Saturday, October 19 at 8:00pm at the Canton Palace Theatre. Tickets are $18, $24, and $28. (This is the first concert in the Pops Series. Three-concert series subscriptions are also available for $50, $65 and $75). Dress is casual and concerts are recommended for ages 8 and up.
Tickets and the full Canton Symphony Orchestra concert season schedule are available online at www.CantonSymphony.org, by calling 330-452-2094, or by walk-up at the box office window located inside the Cultural Center for the Arts (weekdays 10am-2pm) and at individual concerts. Some concerts do sell out in advance.
Founded in 1937, the Canton Symphony Orchestra is a fully professional ensemble and organization dedicated to performing concerts that enrich, educate and entertain. Under the direction of Gerhardt Zimmermann, the orchestra performs classical, pops, holiday, and educational programs.