WMU’s new-music ensembles to give one of a kind performance

Contact: Emily Plucinak

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—WMU’s new music ensemble Birds on a Wire and the Kalamazoo Laptop Orchestra, known as KLOrk, will give a one of a kind performance of contemporary music in the Dalton Center Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29.

Photo of the Kalamazoo Laptop Orchestra

The Kalamazoo Laptop Orchestra

Kalamazoo Laptop Orchestra

Founded in 2009, KLOrk is a performing ensemble in which the musical instruments are specially programmed laptops performed live by using the keyboard, trackpad, mic, webcam and even tilting the whole component side-to-side. The performers in KLOrk are a mix of music performance and multimedia arts technology majors from WMU’s School of Music.

KLOrk’s portion of the concert will include two works by Lou Harrison for Javanese gamelan and Western instruments in which the laptops serving as a virtual gamelan ensemble; an arrangement of a minimalist piece by Estonian composer Arvo Pärt; and an original work specifically for KLOrk.

Photo of WMU's new-music ensemble Birds on a Wire

Birds on a Wire

Birds on a Wire

WMU new-music ensemble Birds on a Wire is dedicated to the performance of contemporary works from the early 20th century to today, with a strong focus on newly composed works. The ensemble is directed by Dr. David Colson and is comprised mostly of strings, woodwinds, percussion and piano.

Tickets and more information

The Oct. 29 recital is presented under the auspices of the Donald P. Bullock Music Performance Institute as part of the Dalton Wed@7:30pm: Live and Interactive! series.

Tickets are $12 general admission, $10 for seniors and $5 for students, and are available from Miller Auditorium at millerauditorium.com or by calling (269) 387-2300 or (800) 228-9858.

Dalton Wed@7:30pm: Live and Interactive! events will be held on Wednesdays in the Dalton Center Recital Hall on the campus of Western Michigan University. The series will showcase guest artists, WMU faculty artists and ensembles, and WMU student ensembles. Each event starts with a pre-concert talk hosted by Dr. Robert White at 7 p.m. Information about concerts can be obtained by calling (269) 387-4704 or (269) 387-4678, or online at wmich.edu/music.

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