UW-Washington County will be kicking off the spring semester with a performance by the chamber rock trio, Nineteen Thirteen at 7:30pm on Friday, February 1 in the campus theatre. Named after the year the cello was made, Nineteen Thirteen will perform utilizing a mix of old and new technology.
The Milwaukee trio includes world-renowned percussionist, Victor DeLorenzo; cellist, Janet Schiff; and drummer Scott Johnson.
The most familiar band member, Victor DeLorenzo has been performing for audiences around the world for the last 40 years. Victor is an actor, writer, producer of sound and image, director, musician and founding member of the folk/punk combo Violent Femmes. He is also a member of Theatre X of Milwaukee, where he first entered the theater company to fill a spot that was left vacant when actor Willem Dafoe relocated to New York City. DeLorenzo is also part of the modern old-fashioned blues trio, Lorenzo Menzerschmidt.
Cellist, Janet Schiff comes from a musical family; her mother was a classical pianist and her grandmother a vaudeville organist. As a child, Janet remembers drawing a picture of the instrument she wanted to play. Based on that picture, her parents gave her a guitar. Disappointed but determined, Schiff made the best of the situation, playing the guitar with a coat hanger for years until her parents finally figured out what instrument she really wanted to play! From there, Schiff went on to formally study cello at the Milwaukee Conservatory and later at UWM’s Peck School of the Arts.
Scott Johnson, the third member of the trio, plays a full drum kit, but not in the way you might expect. Johnson’s playing is mostly malleted and is very affected by both his experience playing with other kinds of drum tones (including the Timpani) and his senses of timing, composition and color, honed through years of filmmaking and editing. Johnson describes a shift in his sound after studying experimental film. “I learned about the sounds that one doesn’t play.” This taste for silence is something you can hear in a Nineteen Thirteen set, and Scott claims that audiences can smell it too.
Tickets for Friday’s performance are $13 adults, $10 seniors (over 62) and youth (under 18). Reservations can be made by calling (262)-335-5208 or emailing WSH-Tickets@uwc.edu. Tickets will also be available at the door (while supplies last) or in the main office between 8am and 5pm Monday through Thursday and 8am to 4:30pm on Friday. The University is located at 400 University Drive in West Bend. The theatre is located on the second floor of the campus. Free parking is available. For more information, visit the campus website at washington.uwc.edu.