The Dear Hunter's Casey Crescenzo is "very excited" about the Rhode Island band's special seven-show run with a string quartet. But that doesn't mean he's ready to call himself a composer and arranger -- yet.
"I still know very little about music theory, and I can't read music. The most I can hope to be is an idiot savant," Crescenzo, 29, says with a laugh. "But I was genuinely inspired by symphonic music and...older film scores, those big, lush, sweeping, moving 30s, 40s, 50s film scores. That's always been part of my musical make-up.
"But even with what I'm doing, I can't tell you very much about classical music. I couldn't reel off a long list of composers or who the best conductor was for this or that particular classical piece in the last 100 years. I just have a heartfelt appreciation for the timbre and emotional quality that the orchestra brings to the table that you can't get from traditional rock instruments."
Crescenzo is, however, working on his own symphony, a four-movement piece he'll be recording in November with the Cezch Republic Philharmonic and is being funded through Pledgemusic. "I've got pretty much one movement done and a sea of small snippets and things that I haven't necessarily married to any part yet," Crescenzo reports. "But it's coming along. I'm working on it as much as I can and learning a lot in the process.
"It's pretty exciting, but I am nearing that point of no return to have it ready for the orchestra to learn. It's not like rock, you know, where we can delay if we have to. This is pretty serious business."
The Dear Hunter performs at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, at the Crofoot Ballroom, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac. Tickets are $20 in advance, $22 day of show. Call (248) 858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.
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