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SYZYGY In Concert This Friday with Guest Artist Dennis DeSantis

New Music Ensemble To Perform Minimalist Masterworks

This Friday, November 16, Meadows’ cutting-edge new music ensemble SYZYGY will be pairing two minimalist masterworks of the mid-twentieth century in concert. Frederic Rzewski's Coming Together opens the program, with its restless, unrelenting bass line drawing the listener into the text of a letter written by Sam Melville, a prisoner who died in the Attica riots of 1971. Coming Together is followed by Terry Riley's In C, an exuberant improvisatory jam and one of the first examples of American minimalism. Both pieces will feature guest artist Dennis DeSantis on laptop, sampling texts and layering beats to heighten the experiences of both works. DeSantis is a nationally known composer, sound designer and percussionist who has performed throughout the world and created works on commission for Carnegie Hall, the Whitney Museum and other major groups and venues.

SYZYGY is directed by Artist-in-Residence Matt Albert, co-founder of the Grammy-winning new music ensemble eighth blackbird. “With guided improvisation forming the backbone of both pieces, students are given the opportunity to listen to their colleagues and throw out their own ideas, creating a dialogue of musical material that propels the music forward and the audience out of their seats,” says Albert.

The concert will be held at 8 p.m. on November 16 in the Bob Hope Theatre. Tickets are $13 for adults, $10 for seniors and $7 for students, faculty and staff. For more information call the Meadows Box Office at 214-768-ARTS.

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