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Wed @ 7 Palimpsest

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012 7:00 pm

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall

General: $15.50
UCSD Faculty, Staff, FOM, Alumni: $10.50
Student Rush: Free, one-hour before concert, with ID
Music Department Box Office: 858-534-3448
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West Coast premiere of UCSD composer Lei Liang's Verge, conducted by Steven Schick. Also on the program: Brian Ferneyhough's Bone Alphabet, Bártok's Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta, and UCSD composer and music grad student Chen-Hui Jen's through drifting moons.

Liang explains the genesis of Verge: "This piece was composed on the verge of an exciting moment in my life: the birth of our son Albert Shin Liang. Albert’s musical name – A, B (Bb), E, D (re) – asserts itself in different configurations and disguises as basic harmonic and melodic material. His heartbeat also makes an appearance in the form of changing tempi and pulsations. In a sense, I composed the piece in order to make a musical amulet for Albert. On a technical level, I was fascinated by the dialectical relationship between the convergence and divergence of musical voices found in the traditional heterophonic music of Mongolia. There, the functionality of a principal line and its accompaniment can interchange, and often not synchronously. The 18 strings are divided into antiphonal groups: left versus right, front versus rear. They diverge into various sub-ensembles, quartets, and also appear as 18 virtuosic soloists. Near the end, they converge into a singular voice."

Verge was commissioned by the New York Philharmonic and its Music Director, Alan Gilbert. It premiered on December 17, 2009 in Symphony Space at the inaugural concert of the Philharmonic’s new music series CONTACT!, conducted by Magnus Lindberg.

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