Luminosity Orchestra presents ‘The Grand Guignol’ at Pythian Temple


There is a new orchestral gig in town. Going by the moniker “The Luminosity Orchestra,” the group is directed by the musically gifted Erik Ibsen-Nowak. The group’s first performance will take place Oct. 21 at the fabulous Pythian Temple.

The Grand Guignol … a dramatic entertainment of a sensational or horrific nature. In Luminosity Orchestra’s inaugural concert, you will be taken on a journey through humanity’s attempt to know and confront horror. Orchestra joined by chorus and multimedia, this is a concert you do not want to miss.

The Luminosity Orchestra: Why describe sound with light? The elements of music — melody, chords, tempo and the like — are primarily perceived through our ears, our sense of hearing, but that’s never been the whole story. We can feel, even touch, orchestral sound (as percussionist Evelyn Glennie has made brilliantly clear). We see — with our eyes and with our imagination — sound fused with images whenever we let ourselves wholly experience film or other multi-sensory music. And that is what distinguishes Luminosity. We are an orchestra, yes, but we strive for a sonority that resonates with more than hearing alone. With a music director who is a synesthete, with musicians who are committed to multi-sensory creativity, Luminosity invites you to join its explorations.

Oct. 21, 7 p.m., Pythian Temple, 924 Broadway. $35 general admission, $25 students/seniors. For more info, visit

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