Bill Murray Now Associated with Classical Music and Literature


Posted on 24th March, by ParkandShop

I kid you not. If you read the Hennepin Theatre Trust’s post about Murray’s collaboration with Jan Vogler for their “New Worlds” tour, you may find yourself bemused. You might ask “what does Bill Murray have to do with classical music and literature?”

I had no idea, either. But after looking into the New World’s Music website, I found myself delighted and intrigued. A super fan probably knows all about this because it’s evidentially been going on for a while. Here are some of the things I found interesting:

(From this New York Times article by Ben Sisario):

“…Yes, it was that Bill Murray, the actor and comedian. And yes, he was singing Gershwin with classical accompanists, as part of a rehearsal and recording session in a Manhattan studio last week for his latest unexpected project: “New Worlds,” a program of songs and literary readings paired with chamber music led by the cellist Jan Vogler.

…With ‘New Worlds,’ Mr. Murray is pushing further into surprise territory. The program has him singing Stephen Foster’s “Jeanie With the Light Brown Hair” and songs from “West Side Story,” and reading Whitman and Hemingway while Mr. Vogler’s trio — which includes Mira Wang, his wife, on violin, and Vanessa Perez at the piano — plays Schubert, Bach and Piazzolla.”

Murray himself describes the fusion in this Rolling Stone article by Jon Blistein:

“Murray described the project as ‘the collision of America and Europe,’ to the New York Times. ‘We are from four different continents. And when the continents come together, the music moves right across the peninsulas from one to the other. It’s just a short journey from one continent to the other.’”

Is your interest as piqued as mine? The Minneapolis show is on Friday, April 20 at 8:00 pm. Tickets to the Orpheum are $45 – $125. Find nearby downtown Minneapolis parking for just $6 at the Park and Shop ramps.