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Saturday, May 24, 2014

Gold Dust Ensemble plays Reich, Stockhausen, and Rzewski in Hapeville

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As part of the bimonthly Creative Music in Hapeville series, accomplished Atlanta musicians Sandy Wade (clarinet), Jeff Crompton (saxophone), Colin Bragg (guitar), and Bill Pritchard (tuba and euphonium), aka the Gold Dust Ensemble, host a night avant-garde musical explorations on Sat., May 24. The program includes performances of Karlheinz Stockhausen's "Set Sail for the Sun" and "Connections," along with Frederic Rzewski's "Le Moutons de Panarge," and Steve Reich's "Clapping Music" and "Pendulum Music." The theme: Music from the classical tradition that involves intuition, improvisation, and chance.

"The pieces are all late 20th century compositions, and they are all pieces I've wanted to do for years," Crompton says. "The common thread is improvisation and chance. Even the more fully notated pieces have unpredictability built into them. For instance, Rzewski's 'Les Moutons de Panarge' has 'rules the performers are supposed to follow, but Rzewski seemed to know that it would be impossible to follow the rules exactly, and that people would get lost during the performance. The resulting accidental counterpoint is part of the piece," he adds. " It's going to turn out differently every time. Every piece is built around intuition, chance, and possible chaos, to one degree or another."

Visual art by Hapeville artists Allen Mason, Pat Borrow, and Lee Eddie will be on display as well.

$7. 8 p.m. Norton Arts Center, 781 North Central Ave., Hapeville, GA.

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