Real Good for Free: Symphonic Winds @ MASS MoCA, 12/4/09

December 3rd, 2009, 11:06 am by Greg

passagesDirected by Steven Dennis Bodner, the 60-member Williams College Symphonic Winds ensemble and the chamber ensemble Opus Zero Band team up to present “Passages,” an adventurous contemporary classical concert performance at MASS MoCA at 8pm on Friday (December 4).

Symphonic Winds will perform Steven Bryant‘s immense “Ecstatic Waters,” a work for ensemble, pre-recorded sounds and live electronics, which the composer describes as “W.B. Yeats meets Ray Kurzweil in the Matrix.” Members of Symphonic Winds will also premier Bryant’s “Ecstatic Moments,” a new series of electro-acoustic chamber pieces. The Symphonic Winds also perform a wind transcription of Claude Debussy‘s evocative piano prelude “The Engulfed Cathedral.”

Meanwhile, the Opus Zero Band will perform two works — Louis Andriessen‘s “Passeggiata” and David Lang‘s “How to Pray” — accompanied by films by Marijke van Warmerdam and Bill Morrison, respectively. Michel van der Aa‘s uncompromising “Attach” will be given its American premiere, and clarinetist Alex Taylor will be the featured soloist in John Adams‘ “The Perilous Shore.”

The performance is free and open to the public, but does require tickets. Please call MASS MoCA at 413.662.2111.

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