LIVE: Signal @ EMPAC at RPI, 3/12/11

March 22nd, 2011, 3:00 pm by Greg

You don’t really just listen to a Steve Reich composition. You sink into it. You let it wash over you like a spring rain. You soak it up and absorb it.

Earlier this month, EMPAC at RPI hosted Signal, one of the world’s foremost new music ensembles, and the program was a pair of Reich’s richest, most rewarding works.

His Pulitzer Prize winning composition, “Double Sextet,” kicked off the concert spotlighting Reich’s continued fascination with and exploration of patterns and interlocking rhythms. The 25-minute piece was written – as you might guess from the title – for two six-member ensembles. Seated on stage in mirror image, the 12 players are paired: two violins, two cellos, two flutes, two pianos, two clarinets and two percussionists.

As highly rhythmic lines ricocheted off of one another, moods crosscut between scenes in an instant — basically, quintessential Steve Reich. Under the direction of Brad Lubman, the piece began with the pianos conjuring up a distinctly urban setting with their rapid-fire, uptempo playing. The breezy flutes blew across the musical landscape and the churning city rhythms, the hustle and hub-bub of rush hour. The clarinets were warm and woody. Marimbas shimmered like a summer heatwave. The strings echoed the factory whistle in the distance.

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Win FREE TIX to See Signal @ EMPAC at RPI on Saturday

March 8th, 2011, 2:49 pm by Sara

In what’s certain to be one of the highlights of EMPAC’s always adventurous 2011 season, the innovative new music group Signal will perform two of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Steve Reich’s most memorable minimalist masterpieces – “Music for 18 Musicians” and “Double Sextet” – in concert at EMPAC’s magnificent concert hall at 8pm on Saturday.

Under the direction of Brad Lubman, Signal has become one of the most important new music ensembles working today. The New York Times hails Signal as “one of the most vital groups of its kind.”

Tix for Signal’s performance at EMPAC are currently on sale for $15.

But we can help save you a few bucks. We are pleased to give away a pair of FREE TIX to the concert to a lucky Nippertown reader. To enter the contest, just post a comment below. Please leave your email address, too. We won’t publish it, but we’ll use it to contact you if you win. The winner will be selected at random and notified on Friday. Good luck! Random Number Generator has spoken: congratulations, Amanda!

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