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The Wilmington Symphony Orchestra to Join The Queen’s Cartoonists at the Wilson Center

The Wilson Center at Cape Fear Community College is thrilled to announce The Queen’s Cartoonists, featuring an orchestral commission by the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra, will take the Wilson Center stage on October 22, 2022 at 7:30 p.m. The Wilmington Symphony Orchestra will be led by new guest conductor, Dominic Talanca.

“A visual and aural treat,” (Los Angeles Times), The Queen’s Cartoonists perform music from cartoons! Pulling from over 100 years of animation from around the world, TQC’s performances are perfectly synchronized to the films projected on stage. The band matches the energy of the cartoons, leading the audience through a world of virtuosic musicianship, multi-instrumental mayhem, and comedy. 

Projections of animated films dazzle the audience, while the band re-creates original soundtracks note-for-note, or writes their own fresh compositions to modern pieces, all the while breathing new life into two uniquely American forms of art: jazz and animation. Tying everything together is the TQC brand of comedy— anecdotes about the cartoons and their composers, stream-of-consciousness humor, and elements of a musical circus.

Watch your favorite classic cartoon characters interact with the musicians on stage, and expect the unexpected from the Golden Age of Animation, cult cartoon classics, and modern animated films. Inspired by the crossroads of jazz, classical music, and cartoons, TQC features Jazz Age composers like Carl Stalling, Raymond Scott, and John Kirby, alongside classical giants Mozart, Rossini, and Strauss (to name just a few).

The six members of The Queen’s Cartoonists, all now residing in Queens, New York, originally hail from four continents. The band has brought their unique concert experience to performing arts centers, clubs, and festivals across the United States and Europe. TQC is equally at home performing in New York City subway stations, opening for the New York Philharmonic, or selling out shows at the Blue Note Jazz Club. They have been featured in over fifty publications, including The Wall Street Journal, The Chicago Tribune, The L.A. Times, The San Diego Tribune, The Houston Chronicle, NPR, and Mashable.

Tickets will be available online to Wilson Center Members beginning at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, June 22, 2022, with tickets going on sale online to the general public on Friday, June 24, 2022, at 10 a.m. Please note that this is anticipated to be a full-capacity event, and will adhere to all local and state guidelines at the time of the show. Tickets may be purchased online, or by contacting the Ticket Central box office. Ticket Central is open for telephone and in-person sales from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday only. Ticket Central may be reached by telephone at 910.362.7999; questions may also be directed to tickets@wilsoncentertickets.com.

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