Composer William Walton dared his friend, poet Edith Sitwell, to make poems that would match some complex rhythmic patterns he had written down. The result was the wild, weird and wacky “Facade.” Walton and Sitwell called it an “entertainment with poems and music.”
Zephyr artistic director Kendall Feeney has chosen “Facade” to open the Zephyr season tonight at The Met. Actors Ron Varela and Phyllis Silver will recite Sitwell’s tongue-twisting, surrealist poems to Walton’s cheeky parodies of 1920s dance music played by six musicians under Feeney’s direction.
Feeney and Spokane Symphony pianist Linda Siverts will play Samuel Barber’s “Souvenirs,” affectionate recollections of dances past, to complete tonight’s program.
The music starts at 8 p.m. Reserved seat tickets are $14 and $12, $8 for students, available at G&B; outlets, 325-SEAT.