Be Here Now: I/O New Music BOX Festival @ Williams College

After the success of last year’s debut of the faculty ensemble last year, the Williams College Department of Music has expandsed the I/O New Music BOX concert to a full weekend new music festival. Performances will take place at ’62 Center and the Williams College Museum of Art.

Friday, January 8, 8pm: THE BOX – Music by Living Composers

New and innovative contemporary music works including premieres of works by Stratis Minakakis and by Williams’ own David Kechley, as well as works by Louis Andriessen, Georges Aperghis, Bernhard Lang, Alex Lunsqui, and Niels Rønsholdt. [Free, but tickets required. Call 413-597-2425.]

Saturday, January 9, 2pm: Out of THE BOX – I/O Soloists

Soloists from I/O New Music will turn the museum from a static physical space into a vibrant temporal one. Works range from Paul Hindemith’s solo cello sonata to Paul Groh’s Jive Turkey for solo viola, to works by Aperghis, Scelsi, and John Cage. Audience members will be given a map and a time schedule so that they may construct their own musical experience, deciding which of the musical installations they wish to hear up close. [No tickets necessary.]

Saturday, January 9, 8pm: Opus Zero Band and Percussions Ensemble: “Trilogy”

The program features the American premiere of Michel van der Aa’s Preposition Trilogy for ensemble and soundtrack, as well as works for four alto saxophones by Elliott Carter and six celli by Wolfgang Rihm. [Free, but tickets required. Call 413-597-2425.]

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