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Napoleon's 1812 Bicentennial Indoor Picnic - Russia vs. France (A Battle of the Classics)
3-Ring Circus
New Orleans, LA
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Saturday Sep 15, 2012 2:00 PM - Saturday Sep 15, 2012 4:00 PM | Free - $10.00


Napoleon's 1812 Bicentennial Indoor Picnic - Russia vs. France (A Battle of the Classics)
WHO:  The Invincible Czars
WHAT: Napoleon's 1812 Bicentennial Picnic  Russia vs. France (a battle of the classics)
WHEN:  Saturday September 15, 2012 2:00 PM
WHERE: 3 Ring Circus - 1638 Clio St.  New Orleans, LA. (504) 569-2700

The Invincible Czars Mark the Bicentennial of Napoleon's 1812 Invasion of Russia with re-imagined versions of Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture and other Russian and French classical works.

Austin, TX  Austin's Invincible Czars, a high-spirited 6-piece band that combines nightclub sensibilities with nuanced composition, arrangement and performance, will perform their modernized version of Tchaikovsky most bombastic piece, 1812 Overture at a family-friendly event commemorating the events that inspired the piece. The event will be titled "Napoleon's 1812 Bicentennial Picnic: Russia vs. France (a battle of the classics)" and will mark the bicentennial of Napoleon's invasion of Russia in September 1812.

The band will pit the Russian and French classical canons against one another, performing whimsical interpretations of works by Satie, Debussy, Tchaikovsky and others; each side will deliver one artistic blow after another amid a battlefield of dancing kids, hula hoops, beach balls and picnic baskets.    

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own picnic baskets and blankets for the event and to dress in costume. Prizes will be awarded for the Most French and Most Russian wardrobe.  

All of this will also be in celebration of the Czars' latest album, 1812 Overture.

About Napoleon's Invasion of Russia:
On September 7, 1812, Napoleon Bonaparte brought his seemingly unstoppable French military to Russia, where they scored a tactical victory over the Russian forces in the Battle of Borodino.  Napoleon seized control of Moscow but found it burned and abandoned by the Russians.  With no resources, the French army was forced to retreat in October as the Russian winter began to set in.  By the time they reached the safety of Poland, Napoleon's army had dwindled to a tenth of its original size.

About 1812 Overture and The Invincible Czars' version:
Composed by Pyotr I. Tchaikovsky in 1880, the piece debuted August 20, 1882 at the Moscow Arts and Industry Exhibition.  It is best known for its use of cannon-fire in its finale, which has been used in many films, television shows and other works.   The piece has been adopted almost universally by orchestras in the United States for Fourth of July celebrations.  The Invincible Czars debuted their version of 1812 Overture at the OKMozart Classical Music Festival in June 2009, complete with real fireworks for the finale.  The band began recording the piece that September, but the process proved very difficult and production lasted until March 2012.  The album was released in June 2012 and features works by Sousa, Ravel and an original by ex-Czar drummer Louis Landry in addition to Tchaikovsky's classic.

About The Invincible Czars:
The Invincible Czars are one of Austin's most adventurous rock bands. In addition to creating and performing original music with an enormous breadth of influences and styles, the band also performs their own modernized and Austin-ized arrangements of works by classical composers such as Tchaikovsky, Ravel, Mussorgsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Satie and others.

The band is also known for their own scores for early 20th century silent films which they perform live in parks and theaters all over their region.  To date the group has scored and performed 5 different films.  

The group's original songs and instrumental pieces are highly composed "mini-symphonies" chock full of memorable melodies, meticulous arrangements, dynamics, and humor. They fuse all riff rock, classical music, lounge-y grooves, spacey klezmer, country shuffles, and circus-y polka. They draw from influences as disparate as Igor Stravinsky, Brave Combo, Van Halen, Louis Armstrong, The Melvins and Ween. The band applies the DIY attitude of post-punk groups like NoMeansNo and Fugazi to their musical explorations.

In their nine years of existence, the band has performed at private events, nightclubs, parks, theaters, museums, radio stations, community centers, museums, grocery stores, restaurants, television stations, sky scraper plazas, bedrooms and radio studios from San Francisco to New Orleans.

Phil Davidson  electric violin
Leila Henley  woodwinds, voice
Bill Petersen  keyboards
Gonzalo Ramos - drums
Josh Robins  electric guitar
Hen3ry Q Vines  electric bass



3-Ring Circus (View)
1638 Clio St.
New Orleans, LA 70130
United States


Music > Rock
Other > Family-Friendly

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Non-Smoking: Yes!


Owner: Invincible Czars
On BPT Since: Sep 04, 2012
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