Unconventional orchestra to perform at Riggers Loft

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Pic courtesy of Renegade Orchestra
Photo courtesy of Renegade Orchestra

By Kathy Chouteau

The Renegade Orchestra—an 18-piece ensemble that “breaks all the rules”—is performing at Richmond’s Riggers Loft Sat., Nov. 20 at 7-9 p.m. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased here.

Reps describe the Bay Area orchestra as “throwing out all the conventions of a quiet, sleepy, stuffy show of musicians locked in straitjackets of tradition.” Audience members can expect virtuosic orchestra musicians with a “hard drivin’ rhythm section” that will perform wide-ranging works from composers like Nina Simone, Miles Davis, the Mamas and the Papas and the disco queen herself, Donna Summer.

Conductor Jason Eckl said the music the orchestra will be performing “pushes a lot of boundaries with what an orchestra can do” even though the music is familiar and more “toe-tappin’ rock and roll” than is typical in an orchestra.

“We all love the classical traditions, but now it’s time to let our hair down,” said cellist Rebecca Roudman. See a video of the orchestra here.

Riggers Loft is located on the Richmond waterfront at 1325 Canal Blvd. For more info, or to purchase tickets to the performance, click here.