Sunday, June 13, 2010

Dark in the Song

Extreme Music for Bassoon Comes to White Mule :
Dark in the Song Performs at 21 Sounds Series
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
7:30pm - 9:00pm
The White Mule
1540 Main St.
 Columbia, SC

What: 21 Sounds concert series
Who: Dark in the Song contemporary bassoon collective
When: Wednesday, June 16 (7:30-9 p.m.)
Where: The White Mule (1540 Main St., 661-8199)
Why: To present contemporary classical music in a nontraditional venue
How much: $5

A bassoon played through guitar effects pedals? A piece for bassoon and ghetto blaster? Contemporary classical music in a rock club?

The answer to all of the above — absolutely.

Fresh off the successful launch of the 21 Sounds series in April — at which a packed crowd came out to hear locally composed music at a nontraditional venue, The White Mule — the series presents its second installment on Wednesday, June 16.

On the bill: five world-class bassoonists who together make up Dark in the Song. Among them are Michael Harley of Alarm Will Sound, a leading new music ensemble based in New York City; and Rachael Elliott of the indie classical group Clogs.

On the program: exciting works from Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang (Press Release, 1991), Dutch "avant-pop" composer Jacob Ter Veldius and an unofficial world premiere from Baltimore-based microtonal composer David Smooke. Also on the program are works by local composers Tayloe Harding (dean of the USC School of Music) and George Fetner (whose Black Lion features guitar effects pedals and was performed to great acclaim at the first 21 Sounds concert in April).

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