On December 3 2006, as part of its holiday concert, the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra performed Holiday Fantasy Concerto for Four Prepared Slot Machines, Orchestra, and Chorus on Leroy Anderson. The piece, arranged and by Music Director Barry Jekowsky, was played with actual slot machines prepared by IGT for the concert. Ive always been fascinated by these machines, said Barry Jekowsky, music director of the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra. My interest in the pairing of unusual instruments with a symphony orchestra led me to write this piece. The Holiday Fantasy Concerto featured soloists Bill Hecht and Robert Lightfoot, musicians with the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra and employees of IGT. The collaboration between Jekowsky and the slot machine manufacturer was developed as the music director detailed his vision to the designers and programmers and realized the enormous musical capacity of the slot machines. The machines were prepared specifically for the premiere of this piece of music.
Fantasy Concerto for Four Prepared Slot Machines