What do Giacomo Puccini, Alessandro Volta, a toy robot, and the Central Kentucky Concert Band have in common? I’m glad you asked.

On December 6th, at 3:00 p.m. at Haggin Auditorium on historic Transylvania University’s campus, the Central Kentucky Concert Band will present its December concert: “Lollapalooza.” As a part of this celebration of many diverse musical selections, the band will present a two minute trippy march by Giacomo Puccini called “Scossa Elettrica.” In English this means “Electric Shock.” This piece was written in part to coincide with the hundredth anniversary of the creation of the first voltaic pile by—you guessed it—Alessandro Volta. A voltaic pile is a contrivance wherein two different metals are stacked on top of each other in an alternating fashion surrounded by an electrolyte. It induces a flow of electrons from the poles of the device.

The toy robot? Of course they run on voltaic piles—also known as batteries.

Come see the band on Sunday, December 6, and when you are finishing up your holiday shopping, don’t forget your voltaic piles!

Free admission; no batteries required!

— Post (and awesome robot drawing!) by CKCB PR manager, Mark Mitchell