On April 27th, New Music Raleigh, a brand new performing arts group, will return to Meymandi Theater at the Murphey School (224 Polk St.) for a performance of Pulitzer Prize winning composer Steve Reich’s Different Trains. The program will also feature the world premiere of Lick by Brett William Dietz and Trilogy by Dave Maric. The concert begins at 7:30pm and tickets will be available at the door for $10.00.
New Music Raleigh is a collective of the area’s most dynamic classical musicians, dedicated to performing the works of living composers. By presenting this living music in unique venues and through collaboration with other artists, NMR offers a fresh musical perspective to Raleigh by providing captiviating yet casual concerts in which the audience and performers are connected. In its first year of existence, NMR has proven to be one of Raleigh’s most forward-thinking arts organizations, performing with indy rock band Lost in the Trees in addition to giving modern edgy composition a voice in the city. New Music Raleigh’s upcoming projects will feature more cross-genre collaboration, intimate audience experiences, and exceptional musical performances.
Steve Reich was recently called “our greatest living composer” (The New York Times), “America’s greatest living composer.” (The Village VOICE), “…the most original musical thinker of our time” (The NewYorker) and “…among the great composers of the century” (The New York Times).. From his early taped speech pieces It’s Gonna Rain (1965) and Come Out (1966) to his and video artist Beryl Korot’s digital video opera Three Tales (2002), Mr. Reich’s path has embraced not only aspects of Western Classical music, but the structures, harmonies, and rhythms of non-Western and American vernacular music, particularly jazz. “There’s just a handful of living composers who can legitimately claim to have altered the direction of musical history and Steve Reich is one of them,” states The Guardian (London).
In April 2009 Steve Reich was awarded the Pulitzer prize in Music for his composition ‘Double Sextet’.
For more information visit us at www.newmusicraleigh.org