Wednesday, January 25, 2006

A Contemporary Music Sampler At Hertz Hall, University Of California At Berkeley

On January 29, Magnus Lindberg appears at a Composers Portrait Concert (in collaboration with Miller Theater, Columbia University) in Hertz Hall, the University of California at Berkeley. The concert will feature the International Contemporary Ensemble conducted by Timothy Weiss. Mr Lindberg is described as "among Europe's most talented young composers, particularly admired for the energy, color, and a thrilling density of his recent music, which defines a new classical modernism". The program features Mr Lindberg's Clarinet Quintet; Related Rocks; Linea d'ombra; and Duo Concertante.

On February 11, Mark Dresser, Myra Melford, Bob Ostertag and David Wessel appear in a joint concert. "Each an internationally recognized and acclaimed improviser, Mark Dresser, Myra Melford, and Bob Ostertag joined the University of California faculty in the fall of 2004. Together with electronic musician David Wessel, director of UC Berkeley's acclaimed Center for New Music and Audio Technologies (CNMAT), these musical pioneers fuse acoustic with live computer-based performance in a program demonstrating the excitement and possibilities of the improvised musical medium."

On March 5, John Adams and Alarms Will Sound will present (in collaboration with Miller Theater, Columbia University) a Composer Portrait Concert featuring Mr Adams's China Gates (1977); Chamber Symphony (1992); Gnarly Buttons (1996); and Scratchband (1997). "Bay Area audiences need no introduction to the work of John Adams - one of the best known and most-often-performed of America's composers. As Andrew Porter wrote in The New Yorker, Adams is the creator of a "flexible new language capable of producing large-scale works that are both attractive and strongly fashioned." Called "the future of classical music" by The New York Times, Alarm Will Sound is a 22-member band committed to innovative performances and recordings of contemporary music. Founded in 2001, it has already established a reputation for performing demanding music with energetic virtuosity."

Program notes to the Magnus Lindberg concert are currently available at:

Program notes to the other two concerts will be available two weeks before each concert.

The University of California at Berkeley's new Jean Gray Hargrove Music Library.

"It contains the only known score of Alessandro Scarlatti's 1683 opera, "L'Aldimiro," as well as an 11th century Gregorian chant manuscript, the papers of jazz great Earl "Fatha" Hines, and an original manuscript of Stravinsky's ballet, "Orpheus," written in his own hand."

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