The 2010 Festival of Microtonal Music
$20 general admission / $16 students / $10 CalArts students
"I cannot think of many individuals whose actions would have had a more profound effect on our art form or culture in general." -- Esa-Pekka Salonen
This special concert celebrates the legacy of the late philanthropist, photographer and writer Betty Freeman, without question the most significant American advocate for contemporary classical music in the second half of the 20th century. Beginning in the early 1960s and continuing for more than four decades, she gave some 450 grants and commissions to composers such as John Cage, Lou Harrison, La Monte Young, John Adams and Harry Partch. This concert features landmark works by Cage, Harrison, Partch, George Crumb, Helmut Lachenmann and James Tenney—all commissioned by Freeman—and the performers include Jacqueline Bobak, Stuart Fox, John Schneider's ensemble Partch, Mark Trayle and others.
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