Silly Symphony

J.S. Bach hasn't topped the charts at Amazon or iTunes recently. "Frankly, if we don't start doing something, we are going to lose our classical-music audience in future generations," says Jennie Doris, a Boulder musician and writer. So she and her colleagues are injecting a little David Sedaris into their Igor Stravinsky via the Telling Stories troupe, which combines chamber works with live readings of humorous first-person essays. The company's season kicks off tonight at 8 p.m. at the Laughing Goat Coffeehouse, 1709 Pearl Street in Boulder, with the show Taking It Personally. For her part, Doris will perform a somber post-9/11 composition on the marimba and read a personal essay about her symphony-audition rejections. The free show is "more like a jazz concert," she promises. Audience members can clap between movements, slurp chai in the middle of a performance and rest assured that the compositions — written and musical — won't stretch long into the night. "The performance only lasts an hour," says Doris. "Hopefully it will leave you wanting a bit more." For details, go to or call 303-997-2877.
Fri., Oct. 12, 8 p.m., 2007
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Joel Warner is a former staff writer for Westword and International Business Times. He's also written for WIRED, Men's Journal, Men's Health, Bloomberg Businessweek, Popular Science, Slate, Grantland and many other publications. He's co-author of the 2014 book The Humor Code: A Global Search for What Makes Things Funny, published by Simon & Schuster.
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