Real Good for FREE: I/O New Music Fest 2015 @ Williams College

January 5th, 2015, 1:00 pm by Greg
The Talea Ensemble

The Talea Ensemble

This weekend, Williams College hosts its annual I/O Festival of New Music, a three-day festival of adventurous new music from around the globe. The festival includes four concerts with several world premieres, the music of numerous composers, performances by the I/O Ensemble and IOTA, as well as special guests, the Talea Ensemble. The fest runs from Thursday (January 8) through Saturday (January 10) at Williams College’s ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance in Williamstown. Admission to all festival events is free.

Here’s the schedule of the festival performances:

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THURSDAY (JANUARY 8), 8pm
CenterStage at ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance
The opening concert offers a program of small ensemble works performed by festival house band the I/O Ensemble and guests from the internationally acclaimed Talea Ensemble.

THURSDAY (JANUARY 8), 10pm
Dance Studio at ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance
The Williams Percussion Ensemble presents 2014 Pulitzer Prize winner John Luther Adams’s elemental and immersive “Strange and Sacred Noise” in the dark.

FRIDAY (JANUARY 9), 8pm
CenterStage at ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance
The centerpiece of I/O Fest 2015 will be Talea Ensemble’s performance of the evening-length “Happy End” by Georges Aperghis, one of the most original and inventive composers on today’s international scene. Based on Charles Perrault’s fairy tale “Le Petit Poucet,” the performance features live music, electronics and an animated film by Hans Op de Beeck.

SATURDAY (JANUARY 10), 8pm
CenterStage at’62 Center for Theatre and Dance
The fest concludes with a concert in memory of co-founder Steven Dennis Bodner featuring Philip Glass’ classic “Music in Similar Motion” as well as new works by a number of student composers and Williams graduates.

ADDITIONAL UPCOMING REAL GOOD FOR FREE EVENTS FOR 2014:
TUESDAYS
Music at Noon @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy
SUNDAYS
Beat the Snow Winter Concert Series @ Schenectady County Public Library, Schenectady