Saturday, April 7, 2007

Steve Reich's Eight Lines

I will be performing with the Dayton Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra on April 20 at 10 AM and 6:30 PM at the Victoria Theatre in downtown Dayton. This group is basically a subset of the Dayton Philharmonic, an orchestra I have been involved with for about five years.

The program is comprised of some Bach, Handel, and a really neat and groovy contemporary piece by composer Steve Reich: Eight Lines (composed in 1983). This piece is scored for two pianos, two flutes, piccolo, two clarinets, bass clarinet, and strings. I'll be performing on the Reich as "Piano 2"; "Piano 1" will be covered by my good friend and colleague Dave Skvorak. The piece has great rhythmic drive, slowly changing musical textures, and jazzy melodies which all interact in beautiful kaleidoscopic layers. To get a taste, here's a video of an excerpt of Eight Lines (performed by the London Steve Reich Ensemble).

If anyone is interested in attending this concert, please click here to get tickets online, and here are directions to the Victoria Theatre.