"Hop Talk" Replay on the '12.25' Show Wed. Mar. 14 7P|6C

Take a Listen to the Tunes from the Cadets 2012 Show

The Cadets corps director and program coordinator takes donors, alumni and fans on a brief tour inside the design team’s inner workings on the "12.25" production in a webinar to be rebroadcast Wednesday, March 14 at 7P|6C.hop still
 
Register here to watch the entire webcast next Wednesday.

In his hour-long session, Hopkins spends 20 minutes  taking viewers on a listening tour of the different sources of material being used to create a show unlike any others in the corps’ 78-year history.
 
Visually, George discusses the corps all-white DeMoulin uniforms with maroon accents such as those first worn by the drum majors many years ago and reprised again in the 2011 "Angels and Demons" program. The all-white motif will communicate the show’s "12.25" program.
 
Musically, some of the highlights Hopkins' reviewed includes the team's inspiration from arrangements of traditional music and carols  from sources as varied as David Foster, the popular television show "Glee" and hip-hop music. As of March, the show is set in four parts, transitioning from the hyper-commercialized Christmas that we all know, to the inspirational and contemplative true meaning of the holiday.
 
The show will open with the traditional “Carol of the Bells” as Hall of Fame music arranger Jay Bocook once again works his magic, melding three separate interpretations of the tune into a fast-paced, three-and-a-half-minute classic Cadet opening statement.
 
A unique arrangement of “Jingle Bells” takes fans on a journey through the commercialization of the holiday, which as Hopkins said “is as commercial as we can get.” Imagined in part from an arrangement from "Glee," this production will be very similar in feel to the crowd favorite “Swing, Swing, Swing” of 1995 and “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” of 2002.  Hopkins added, “We’re staying away from the campy and goofy icons of Christmas. There will be no Santas or Rudolphs, but this tune will be the high point of the show and we hope will get people out of their seats from the sheer exhilaration of the piece.”
 
The mood shifts through “Do You Hear What I Hear,” again inspired from an arrangement from "Glee," which serves as the gospel and the true message of the show and explores the meaning of Christmas.
 
The program ends with “Hark, the Herald Angels Sing” adapted in part from an Amy Grant recording of the classic Christmas melody. In the end, this serves as the processional for the show as the musical journey through Christmas comes to a close.
 
Hopkins has heard the comments of those who question the direction to this year’s show and offers a thoughtful response: “We see our job as a design staff to provide three elements. First, giving the audience material they know and can understand. Secondly, a musical and visual package that challenges the members in classic Cadets style, and third, having the ability to add enough content to the design that the adjudication community can acknowledge the achievement of the members. If we do that, we will be successful.”

Here is a brief segment of the 'Hop Talk' 
 
Coming off of a 10th World Championship in 2011, the bar for The Cadets has been raised dramatically. Stay tuned to The Cadets' website, Facebook and Twitter feeds in order to receive up-to-the-minute information on the corps right through the world championships in August.
 
A reminder that you can tune into a rebroadcast of the March 5 "Hop Talk" is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 14 (6 p.m. Central time).  Register here to watch the entire webcast.

 

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