The Fall Season at EMPAC at RPI: Big, Bad Bassoons & More…

The new fall season of concerts, performances and films at EMPAC at RPI in Troy kicks off on Saturday (September 15) with the world premiere of “Rushes,” a new composition by Michael Gordon, award-winning composer and co-founding member of NYC’s always adventurous Bang On a Can. Of course, because it’s taking place at EMPAC at RPI, you can be sure that this is no ordinary piece of music. In fact, “Rushes” was penned to be performed by seven bassoons…

Yup, EMPAC is back.

Here’s what else is on tap at EMPAC at RPI this fall:

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MICHAEL GORDON: “RUSHES”
Saturday, September 15, 8pm
EMPAC Concert Hall
$18; seniors & students $13
The world premiere of a composition for seven bassoons by the co-founder of NYC’s Bang on a Can

TIM HECKER
Friday, September 28
EMPAC Concert Hall
$18; seniors & students $13
A site-specific performance of new pulse-based works from a leading ambient and experimental electronic musician

NORA CHIPAUMIRE: “MIRIAM”
Friday, October 5, 8pm & Saturday, October 6, 8pm
EMPAC Studio 1
$18; seniors & students $13
Renowned choreographer and dancer Nora Chipaumire creates her first character-driven work — a deeply personal dance-theater performance that looks closely at selflessness, ambition, perfection and the sacrifice of the feminine ideal.

“SOLARIS”
Thursday October 11, 7:30pm
EMPAC Theater
$6
Andrei Tarkovsky’s iconic 1972 film charts a psychological territory in which the real and the imagined are inextricably mixed.

AKOUSMA @ EMPAC
Friday, October 19, 8pm
EMPAC Theater
$18; seniors & students $13
“Cinema for the ears” electronic music performances featuring composer/performers from the 2012 AKOUSMA festival in Montréal

“REBECCA”
Thursday, October 25, 7:30pm
EMPAC Theater
$6
Alfred Hitchcock’s haunting 1940 classic precursor to the film noir genre, “Rebecca” stars Sir Lawrence Olivier and Joan Fontaine in an adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s novel.

KURT HENTSCHLAGER: “CLUSTER”
Saturday, November 3, 8pm
EMPAC Concert Hall
$18; seniors & students $13
A generative audio-visual performance that explores the weightless choreography of abstract falling human figures

“THE FALL”
Thursday, November 8, 7:30pm
EMPAC Theater
$6
A visually stunning 2006 film directed by Tarsem Singh, “The Fall” deftly interweaves reality and illusion through an epic narrative recounted to a little girl by a hospitalized stunt man.

ONEDOTZERO: CODE WARRIORS
Thursday, November 15, 7pm
EMPAC Theater
$6
The first half of a double feature screening of innovative short films that celebrate the anniversary of the Processing programming language and imagine futuristic urban landscapes

ONEDOTZERO: FUTURE CITIES
Thursday, November 15, 9pm
EMPAC Theater
$6
The second half of a double feature screening of innovative short films that celebrate the anniversary of the Processing programming language and imagine futuristic urban landscapes

RALPH LEMON: “FOUR WALLS”
Friday, November 16, 8pm & Saturday, November 17, 4pm
EMPAC Studio 1
$18; seniors & students $13
With “Four Walls,” Ralph Lemon premieres a live multi-media dance installation that provides four points of view on one dance, giving a new shape to a “dance with no form.”

JENNIFER KOH: BACH AND BEYOND
Friday, November 30, 8pm
EMPAC Concert Hall
$18; seniors & students $13
A solo violin recital contrasting the music of J.S. Bach with newly commissioned works by contemporary composers

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2 Responses to “The Fall Season at EMPAC at RPI: Big, Bad Bassoons & More…”

  1. Thanks for sharing, Nippertown! The full list (which includes lectures and free performances) should drop soon – we hope to see you all at a few (or all!) of these.

    Jason Steven Murphy, EMPAC

  2. Double Comment! The complete fall schedule is online as we speak – give it a gander: http://empac.rpi.edu/events/2012/fall

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