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NYC Opera ‘Looking Forward’ & Wordless Music Series present (not together) Steve Reich & other 2008 shows

by Andrew Frisicano

DOWNLOAD: Steve Reich – Music for 18 Musicians, opening thru section II (MP3)

Steve Reich
Steve Reich

This Saturday and Sunday (9/13 & 9/14) at 8pm, (Le) Poisson Rouge will host one of the great works of 20th century composition, Steve Reich‘s “Music for 18 Musicians,” performed by “NYC’s new-music supergroup” Signal and conducted by Brad Lubman. Also performed will be Reich’s 2004 choral/ensemble score “You Are (Variations).” The shows are part of the Wordless Music Series, which has already hosted shows by Deerhoof and Times New Viking this year, and will continue with a full schedule through December (which includes Twi the Humble Feather at LPR October 7, Shearwater on October 20, and Stars of the Lid on November 21).

The show caps off a week of intense shows at the Village venue: Ólöf Arnalds on Tuesday, Deerhuter later on Tuesday, Living Colour (for on Wednesday, High Places and Crystal Stilts on Thursday, and Dragons of Zynth on Friday.

In other Reich news:

New York City Opera will present Looking Forward, a celebration of twentieth-century music, as part of a unique series of concerts and events planned for 2008-09… The program, performed by the New York City Opera Orchestra, will also include Igor Stravinsky’s Pulcinella Suite, Edgard Varèse’s Intégrales, and Steve Reich’s “Clapping Music.” [Broadway World]

The first of the “Looking Forward” shows will take place on St. George Theatre in Staten Island on October 4 (tickets here), before visiting the remaining four boroughs. Full schedule and a video of two University of Texas at Austin students peforming “Clapping Music” below…

Clapping Music

New York City Opera – 2008 “Looking Forward” Concerts:

STATEN ISLAND: Saturday, October 4th 2008 at 8:00pm
St. George Theatre
35 Hyatt Street, Staten Island
Tickets: $45 and $25
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BROOKLYN: Sunday, November 2nd 2008 at 4:00pm
Whitman Theater at the Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts,
Brooklyn College (CUNY) campus
2900 Campus Road, Brooklyn
Tickets: $25
On Sale Now

BRONX: Sunday, November 16th 2008 at 5:00pm
Lehman Center for the Performing Arts,
Lehman College (CUNY) campus
250 Bedford Park Boulevard West, Bronx
Tickets: $25
On Sale Now

QUEENS: Saturday, March 7th 2009 at 8:00pm
LaGuardia Performing Arts Center,
LaGuardia Community College (CUNY) campus
31-10 Thompson Avenue, Queens
Tickets: $20
On Sale Now

MANHATTAN: Saturday, April 11th 2009 at 8:00pm
Alice Tully Hall,
Lincoln Center
65th Street and Broadway, Manhattan
Tickets: $25
On Sale In 2009

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