Beethoven's Nightmare, deaf rock band, performs at Studio Loft
Dec 28 2018
Following the successful programming of the Breaking Barriers Festival during Deaf Heritage Month in September, Denver Arts & Venues, The Denver Office of Sign Language Services and ImaginASL are pleased to present Beethoven’s Nightmare at Studio Loft in Ellie Caulkins Opera House Friday, Jan. 4, 7:30 p.m.
“Music is a universal language, and rock ‘n’ roll speaks to all of us,” says Mark Heiser, Denver Performing Arts Complex venue director, Denver Arts & Venues. “We are excited to bring Beethoven’s Nightmare, the world’s first and only Deaf rock band, to Denver.”
Blending American Sign Language, mime and dance, the Beethoven’s Nightmare “Deaf Rock” experience appeals to both Deaf and hearing audiences. January 4 marks the premiere of the band’s new show featuring composer Ed Chevy on bass and vocals, Steve Longo on lead guitar, and Bob Hiltermann on drums. Newcomers to the band, Jonathan and Justin Reynolds, bring their innovative interpreting skills for a unique and exciting musical experience.
“This is a continuation of our partnership with ImagineASL and the Denver Office of Sign Language Services, and part of Denver Arts & Venues’ ongoing efforts to advance Diversity, Equity and Inclusiveness programs,” Heiser continues. “Performances such as the Beethoven’s Nightmare concert really connect the Deaf and hearing community, and give us the opportunity to reach new audiences.”
Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door.
About Denver Arts & Venues
Denver Arts & Venues’ mission is to amplify Denver’s quality of life and economic vitality through premier public venues, arts and entertainment opportunities. Arts & Venues is the City and County of Denver agency responsible for operating some of the region’s most renowned facilities, including Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre, the Denver Performing Arts Complex, Colorado Convention Center, Denver Coliseum and McNichols Civic Center Building. Arts & Venues also oversees the Denver Public Art Program, Create Denver, SCFD Tier III granting process, Arts Education Fund and other entertainment and cultural events such as the Five Points Jazz Festival, Urban Arts Fund, P.S. You Are Here and implementation of IMAGINE 2020: Denver’s Cultural Plan. Denver Arts & Venues is committed to diversity, equity and inclusiveness in all our programs, initiatives and decision-making processes.
About Denver Office of Sign Language Services
The Denver Office of Sign Language Services creates access for Deaf, DeafBlind, and hard of hearing people to Denver government programs, services, and events by: providing sign language interpreting services, open captioning via Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART), and Assistive Listening Devices for sound amplification to Denver government agencies upon request; engaging members of the Deaf and hard of hearing communities in Denver City and County government affairs; educating and consulting with City and County of Denver employees regarding their responsibility under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act to provide access to the Deaf, DeafBlind and hard of hearing public; and providing information and referral.
ImaginASL Performing Arts strives to entertain, educate, and unite the Deaf and hearing worlds with rich unique artistic, cultural, and theatrical experiences full of American Sign Language. ImaginASL produces theatrically challenging work of the highest quality, drawing from as wide a range of the world’s literature as possible, performs these original works in a style that links American Sign Language with the spoken word, and seeks, trains and employs Deaf, hard of hearing and hearing artists.