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Concert features music of Gyorgy Ligeti

Feb. 17, 2010

KALAMAZOO--Students and professors from the Western Michigan University School of Music will perform in a concert featuring the works of composer Gyorgy Ligeti Tuesday, Feb. 23.

"Ligeti and Laptops: The Works of Gyorgy Ligeti" will begin at 8:15 p.m. in the University's Dalton Center Recital Hall. Tickets are $12, $10 for senior citizens and $5 for students. They may be purchased at the door or in advance through the Miller Auditorium Ticket Office at (269) 387-2300 or toll free at (800) 228-9858.

The concert features Birds on a Wire, a 13-piece chamber group led by Dr. David Colson, director of the WMU School of Music, as well as the Western Wind Quintet, one of WMU's resident faculty ensembles. Also featured are a number of solo vocalists, and the inaugural public performance of the Kalamazoo Laptop Orchestra. Inspired by similar groups at Princeton and Stanford, the Kalamazoo Laptop Orchestra is led by WMU professor David Code and features original music specially composed for the fresh new-music ensemble.

Ligeti's works are well known in classical music circles, but to the general public, he is best remembered for pieces featured in the Stanley Kubrick films "2001: A Space Odyssey," "The Shining" and "Eyes Wide Shut." The Feb. 23 performance features a cross section of Ligeti's modern music, and includes "Chamber Concerto," "Six Bagatelles" and the choral piece "Lux Aeterna," with texts taken from the Roman Catholic Requiem Mass.

The concert will also feature special theatrical lighting effects developed for the performance of avant-garde art music. These effects are designed and presented by the WMU Department of Dance's Megan Slayter and students of the dance lighting and staging classes. This cutting-edge enhancement, as modeled by the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, is the latest facet of the live concert hall experience.

"Ligeti and Laptops: The Works of Gyorgy Ligeti" at the Dalton Center is presented by the Bullock Performance Institute.

For more information, visit the Bullock Music Performance Institute online or call the School of Music at (269) 387-4704.

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Media contact: Kevin West, (269) 387-4681, kevin.west@wmich.edu

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