Duke New Music Ensemble — snow in April (3rd)

Annoucement courtesy of Dave Garner.

Duke New Music Ensemble’s final concert of the semester is fast approaching! Sunday, April 3 at 8pm in Bone Hall in the Biddle music building they will present an exciting concert of works by American composers.

James Tenney’s experimental Swell Pieces open the concert with meditations on expansive, constantly shifting timbres followed by Violin Sonata No. 2 by William Bolcom, which was dedicated to jazz violinist Joe Venuti. Next up is Steve Reich’s early piece titled Pendulum Music that uses microphones and speakers to create web of phasing feedback. The penultimate piece is Concerto for Flute and Percussion by Lou Harrison—a quirky work with dancing grooves combined with poignant Gamelan-like evocations. The final piece is In a treeless place…only snow by John Luther Adams. Grant Menzies, of The Oregonian in Portland writes, “Adams’ music made the unseen visible, like breath exhaled into frosty air, a bodilessness pulsing with life. His rising and falling themes, traded among the strings, built a prayerful melodic arc that stretched out to infinity yet spoke directly to the individual soul.”

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