|EMPAC To Present Steve Reich’s “Music for 18 Musicians + Double Sextet”
The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center will present a contemporary classical performance titled “Music for 18 Musicians + Double Sextet” on Saturday, March 12, beginning at 8 p.m. in the Concert Hall.
Steve Reich is an American composer who pioneered the style of minimalist music. According to EMPAC, the minimalist music style has had a profound influence on all Western music. Not only has classical music been challenged and changed, but electronica, jazz, hip-hop, and pop have fallen under its influence, as well. “Music for 18 Musicians,” by Reich and musicians, premiered in 1974 at the Town Hall in New York City.
In 2009, Reich won a Pulitzer Prize for his piece “Double Sextet,” where two identical groups of six musicians each play interlocking patterns of musicand the interwoven rhythms and phrases “draw listeners into a maelstrom of pulsing music.”
Signal, a large music ensemble comprising innovative New York-based musicians devoted to presenting a broad range of new music conducted by Brad Lubman, will perform. The ensemble currently is in recording residence at EMPAC.
Tickets are required and are available through the EMPAC box office for $15 general admission; $10 for students, seniors, and Rensselaer faculty and staff; or $5 for Rensselaer students.
Additional event information can be found at http://empac.rpi.edu/events/2011/spring/reich/ or by calling the EMPAC Box Office at 276-3921.