“Music for 18 Musicians” to be performed Feb. 13


Faculty and students in the Mrs. H.D. Dear Sr. and Alice E. Dear School of Creative and Performing Arts at Northwestern State University will perform Steve Reich’s “Music for 18 Musicians” Monday, Feb. 13 at 7:30 p.m. in Magale Recital Hall. Admission is free and open to the public.

The performance is to commemorate Reich’s 80h birthday. The ensemble is being coordinated by NSU Assistant Professor Of Percussion and Assistant Director of Bands Oliver Molina.

“Music for 18 Instruments” was composed in 1974-1976 and received its premiere in the Town Hall in New York City. Scored for an ensemble of violin, cello, four female voices, two clarinets/bass clarinets, four pianos and a battery of percussion, it is recognized as one of the defining masterworks of minimalism, and continues to exert a strong influence on concert and popular music. Based on a cycle of 11 chords, this hour- long work was Reich’s first attempt at writing for a large ensemble. While presenting a variety of challenges, the colorful sonorities and infectious rhythms make any opportunity to hear “Music for 18 Musicians” live a memorable and hopefully life changing experience.

For more information call (318) 357-5802.