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Big Ass show performer spotlight: The Dear Hunter

Published September 9, 2013 11:05 am

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The Dear Hunter's Casey Crescenzo, one of the most ambitious frontmen in progressive, experimental rock, is in the midst of writing his first symphony. The composition is expected to be recorded with the Brno Philharmomic Orchestra in the Czech Republic this fall."I feel like I have a voice to express in this format," Crescenzo said. It's a challenge, and it's exciting. … This might seem overly ambitious."Crescenzo is not dismissive of the creativity needed to write rock music — though in a comparison, he likened rock music to an In-N-Out cheeseburger and a symphony to a five-course dinner. The Rhode Island native is known for thinking big. The band's first three full-length albums are titled "Act I: The Lake South, The River North," "Act II: The Meaning of, and All Things Regarding Ms. Leading," and "Act III: Life and Death." They are the first half of a six-album concept cycle. After recording "Act III," Crescenzo wrote and recorded a series of nine EPs, called "The Color Spectrum. Each one reflects a different color: black, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet and white."Being completely out of my element is exciting to me," he said. Once the symphony project has ended, Crescenzo will return to the cycle project. "I've been thinking a great deal about Act Four," he said.

X96 Big Ass ShowWith • Panic! at the Disco, Ed Kowalczyk (formerly of Live), The Airborne Toxic Event, Blue October, Capital Cities, Family of the Year, Pepper, The Dear Hunter, Brogan Kelby, Codi Jordan Band, SolarsuitWhen • Saturday, 1 p.m.Where • Gallivan Center, 239 S. Main St., Salt Lake CityTickets • $25 in advance, $30 day of, at SmithsTix