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Friday, October 2, 2009 8:00 pm

THE DARIUS MILHAUD CONCERT

Tonight's performance of La mort d’un tyran is dedicated to composer Leon Kirchner (1919-2009), who taught at Mills College from 1954 to 1961. Kirchner conducted a performance of the work at Mills in 1961 and also conducted its East Coast premiere

 


KRYS BOBROWSKI, NICK DIDKOVSKY, CHERYL E. LEONARD

Breathtaking work located at the intersection of the natural world and personalized technology

 


Thursday, October 15, 8:00 pm Littlefield Concert Hall

IVA BITTOVÁ

"The soul of a gypsy, the voice of a troubadour, and the mind of a genius."

 


Friday, October 30, 8:00 pm Littlefield Concert Hall

MILLS PERFORMING GROUP: DON'T SHOOT THE PIANIST!
MUSIC FOR MULTIPLE PIANOS

Morton Feldman: Piece for Four Pianos (1957)
Fred Frith: Impur (for twenty plus pianos) (2009 version)
Jose Maceda: Sujeichon (for four pianos) (2002)
Meredith Monk: Ellis Island (1981), Folkdance (1996), and Phantom Waltz (1989)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Sonata for Two Pianos, K. 448(1781)
Steve Reich: Piano Phase (for two pianos) (1967)
With Belle Bulwinkle, Chris Brown, Regina Schaffer, Robert Schwartz, and many others. Steed Cowart, conductor

 


Saturday, November 7, 8:00 pm Littlefield Concert Hall

BOBI CÉSPEDES, AFRO-CUBAN HIGH PRIESTESS:

staying connected, passing it on!

 


CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY MUSIC COMPOSERS, WITH SPECIAL GUEST STEPHEN VITIELLO

Photocells, crackle boxes, metal objects, burned out light bulbs, coincidences, Bay Area Rapid Transit, polyrhythms in quadraphonic space – brave new worlds of music and sound.

 



Upcoming Concerts

Sunday, January 24, 4:00 pm Littlefield Concert Hall

IMOGEN COOPER PLAYS SCHUBERT

(Dewing Recital)
Virtuosity and poetic poise from a pianist who has established a reputation as one of the finest interpreters of the classical repertoire: "It's rare to hear a performance of such musical beauty imbued with such a powerful ethical force." Daily Telegraph
Sonata in C minor op.posth.D958
Sonata in A major op.posth.D959
Sonata in B flat major op.posth.D960

 


Saturday, February 6, 8:00 pm Littlefield Concert Hall

BOB OSTERTAG

(David Tudor Composer-in-Residence)
Renowned activist and sampling pioneer, composer/improviser Bob Ostertag presents original works and collaborations with Mills students.

 


Monday, February 15, 8:00 pm Littlefield Concert Hall

VIKTORIA MULLOVA PLAYS BACH

By popular demand, the celebrated virtuoso violinist returns to Mills to perform the pieces she didn't play last time! "In everything she plays, Mullova's sense of an ongoing musical line is immaculate and totally unselfconscious...the authority of her performances is never in doubt." The Guardian
Sonata No. 1 in G minor, BWV 1001
Partita No. 3 in E major, BWV 1006
Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004

 


Saturday, February 20, 8:00 pm Littlefield Concert Hall

JULIA WOLFE

(Jean Macduff Vaux Composer-in-Residence)
With a care and attention to detail that is both masterful and highly respectful, Wolfe's music celebrates the extraordinary qualities contained within something as specific as a gesture or an inflection.
Dark Full Ride (for four drumsets) 2002
And other works to be determined.

 


Saturday, February 27, 8:00 pm Littlefield Concert Hall

MILLS PERFORMING GROUP II

Following their superb performance in 2008, the Eclipse Quartet returns to Mills to join the Mills Performing Group for another adventurous evening of contemporary music.
"A ferociously good quartet" (SF Classical Voice)
Morton Subotnick: Fluttering of Wings (for string quartet and electronics) (1981)
Zeena Parkins: new work for string quartet and percussion
Luciano Berio: Folk Songs (1964, commissioned by Mills College)
Steed Cowart: Muscadines (2009) for cello and marimba
Steve Reich: Marimba Phase (1967)
–with the Eclipse Quartet, Morton Subotnick, William Winant, Joan Jeanrenaud, others.

 


Thursday–Sunday, March 11–14, various times/locations

SIGNAL FLOW

A festival of music from current graduate students
Free admission

 


Saturday, April 3, 8:00 pm Littlefield Concert Hall

LORE OF MOMENTS

Improvised music from composer/pianist/producer Wayne Horvitz and legendary French-Vietnamese percussionist Lê Quan Ninh, with Mills faculty members Chris Brown, James Fei, Fred Frith, Roscoe Mitchell, and Beth Custer, and special guest Kanoko Nishi.

 


Friday, April 9–Saturday, April 10, 8:00 pm Littlefield Concert Hall

X SOUND FESTIVAL

A festival of works by current Mills seniors
Free admission

 

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