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From Terry Riley, With Complements

12 October 2018
….the last bar of Terry Riley’s Y Bolanzero, for guitar orchestra–a wierd 8-note collection with no G#, no F#, no B, no D#…. Austrian guitar virtuoso Yvonne Zehner will be principal player with a crack group of Queens College …
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Bridge Records and Poul Ruders new opera, *13th Child*

1 October 2018
RSF is cooperating with Bridge Records for the production of a CD of Poul Ruders’ opera, The 13th Child. The libretto for the opera was co-written by David and Becky Starobin, the founders of Bridge Records. David & Becky have been great …
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Jonathan Dawe's Nero @ Ballet-Opéra-Pantomime, Montreal

16 June 2018
Christophe Huss’s review in Le Devoir leaves little to add, but I wish to provide a bit of context that Mr. Huss could not know. How does Nero differ from Dawe’s other operas? –Nero’s Baroque moments are far more subtle. In …
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Tan Dun @ Beijing Modern Music Festival

28 May 2018
I laughed I cried, it was better than Bolero! The entire Beijing Modern Music Festival finished with a passacaglia by Tan Dun. A knockout. Passacaglia: Secret of Wind and Birds An easy thing done exceptionally well. I capitulate to Tan Dun because …
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An Example of Counterpoint from Beijing Modern Music Festival

28 May 2018
Harue Kunieda’s Floral Tributes III opened the final concert of the 2018 World Music Days, hosted by Beijing Modern Music Festival. The China National Symphony Orchestra performed at 7:30 in the gorgeous, state-of-the-art opera house at the Beijing …
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Julia Wolfe's Steel Hammer

18 December 2016
The Bang on a Can composers are now in the enviable position to compose and produce evening-length works. David Lang’s “love fail” & “Little Match Girl” were followed in 2014 by Julia Wolfe’s “Steel …
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Milton Babbitt and the Erotics of Inversion

14 May 2016
There were many things I’d hoped to accomplish before Milton Babbitt’s 100th Birthday. This is another thing that didn’t get done. Babbitt & The Erotics of Inversion This piece began as a lecture at the Universidad Veracruzana in …
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