Coyotes Band Join Symphony Orchestra
At the After Dark on 23d Street, over drinks on a wet night, two genres of music are raising each other’s spirits.
On one side of the table are the 42-year-old Peter Douglas and partner Andy Coyote, a guitarist in his late 30s.
They’re the founders of and songwriters for Coyotes and the Best Stuff You Never Wanted, a bar band that grafts Douglas’ lyrics, dipped in poetry and irony, onto Coyote’s New Orleans-bred blues sound.
Sitting across from them is Emil Mosley, conductor of the orchestra at the Community Music Center, located on Elm Street.
“Emil is always counseling us, in our low moments that it’s the process, and you gotta keep going.” says Douglas, who lives close by on Green Street.
“And he’s right. But in our corner of the field, it’s gotta be leading somewhere.”
“It is leading somewhere”, responds Mosley a thirty-something native of France. “If it weren’t, you wouldn’t be playing with an orchestra.”
Mosley is referring to the unique musical collaboration scheduled for November 18 and 20 at the First Congregational Church at Main and 11th streets. After experiencing Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 (familiar territory to the classically-trained Mosley, the audience will be treated to three pieces penned by Coyotes.
The concert will be both visually and acoustically impressive, with Coyotes’ electrified quintet backed by a 100-piece combination of the Community Music Center Orchestra and the Recreation Symphony, under Mosley’s baton.
It’s sure to benefit everyone concerned. “Mahler is not unusual anymore, though it used to be very unusual.”
Mosley says. “From my point of view as a classical musician, I have to find a way to get people interested in what I do. We all know that at the Symphony and the Opera, the average age of people who go there gets older and older. And I am not an old person.”